Following the news that Suzanne Somers passed away over the weekend at the age of 76, Joyce DeWitt released a statement about the death of her Three’s Company co-star.
In a statement to Us Weekly, DeWitt shared that her heart goes out to Somers’ family. “They are a very close family,” she told the media outlet about Somers’ family. “Deeply connected and caring one to the other. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for all of them.”
Joyce DeWitt also said that she was sure Suzanne Somers was greeted by angels into the “loving wisdom waiting” for everyone on the other side. “And I hope that will assist her family’s hearts in healing as they travel through this difficult time.”
As previously reported, Suzanne Somers passed away after an on-and-off battle with cancer. Her publicist, R. Couri Hay, confirmed that she died peacefully in the comfort of her home in Palm Springs, California. The actress would have been celebrating her 77th birthday on Monday (October 16th).
Hays shared that Somers survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years. “A private family rural will take place this week,” Hays added. “With a memorial to follow next month.”
‘Three’s Company’ Stars Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers Didn’t Speak for 30 Years
After Suzanna Somers was fired from Three’s Company in the early ‘80s, the late actress and her co-star Joyce DeWitt reportedly didn’t speak for 30 years.
In a 2020 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Somers revealed what caused the rift between her, DeWitt, and fellow Three’s Company co-star John Ritter. “Oh, it was so sad,” she explained. “It was like being shunned from your family and whatever those producers said to them when they went back to the rehearsal hall, they painted me as greedy. They paid me as she’s trying to ruin the show, and so the show – cast and crew – shunned me.”
Thankfully, Suzanne Somers said she and John Ritter were able to amend their relationship right before the late actor’s death in 2003. However, it took a bit longer for her and DeWitt to speak to each other. The duo finally reunited on Somers’ talk show in the early 2010s. DeWitt even discussed why she initially distanced herself from her former Three’s Company co-star.
“We had very different approaches to our careers,” DeWitt told Somers. “We had very different needs. I did not have a child that I was supporting on my own. I didn’t have a business head, so I didn’t understand someone who did.”
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