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Old 05-01-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Did Linda Purl try and get more money for season 11?

I recently saw an old interview with Tom Bosley stating that a female cast member tried to get more money. It made me think that possibly Linda Purl was the one since she and Heather were a pretty prominate part of Season 10 then were not back for the final season. I may be way off, but I could see them not coming to terms if she was asking for more money. I also noticed she was the only real actor on the show not on the final TV guide HD cover with all the cast members in history (with the exception of the actor(s) who played Chuck).
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Wouldn't surprise me though since Crystal Bernard wasn't in it as much as Linda was.

And perhaps Fonzie needs to learn about breakup that hurts.
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mabye it was the mother miss c or joanie they could of been the one's asking for more money just a guess.but your guess is Linda purl ashley just my two cents
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I recently saw an old interview with Tom Bosley stating that a female cast member tried to get more money. It made me think that possibly Linda Purl was the one since she and Heather were a pretty prominate part of Season 10 then were not back for the final season. I may be way off, but I could see them not coming to terms if she was asking for more money.

If Linda Purl did try to get a raise for season 11, she was foolish. You don't try to negotiate a raise when your show is falling in the ratings and heading into its final season.
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mabye it was the mother miss c or joanie they could of been the one's asking for more money just a guess.but your guess is Linda purl ashley just my two cents

No, I don't see Marion or Erin asking for more money.
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When Tom Bosley (RIP) was interviewed on "Truth Behind The Sitcoms" (BIO Channel airs it from time to time), he mentioned that there was one actress who almost left the show because of a "ridiculous" (his word, not mine) difference in the sum they offered her. He didn't mention any names but by the way he said one can infer he was talking about Erin Moran. He did not mention in what season this occurred though.

IMO Linda Purl probably was just let go since the producers maybe just wanted the basic HD stars for the last season, since Joanie and Chachi were coming back they decided to keep it simple.
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If he said the actress ALMOST left the show, then I think it would have been Erin. Because Erin didn't leave the show, except that bit of time when she did Joanie Loves Chachi.

Linda didn't almost leave she did leave and she was only there one season.

Also in the last season, it seemed like both Joanie was used a lot less and more of a background character. I just watched an episode from the last season, and I know it's syndicated and edited, but Joanie wasn't in the episode at all. It was the one where Roger becomes principal and Fonzie Dean of Boys at George Patton High.

Chachi seemed to have been used a lot less as well.

The importance of Joanie and Chachi, even as seperate characters since they were split for the entire season, seemed very diminished in the last season.
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When Tom Bosley made the comment, my first thought was Erin Moran. But the more I think about this, the more I think that it might have been Marion Ross. Because I'm guessing that both Erin and Scott Baio received a significant pay raise when they spun-off during Season 10, and they probably received more or less the same when they returned for the final year. But I can imagine Ross, having been there since the VERY beginning, watching others get elevated above her and earning spin-offs and whatnot and deciding to get as much money as she possibly could from the producers. After all, by Season 9 she and Tom were the linchpins of the series (especially after the departure of Ron Howard) and she might have decided that she was indispensable. Given Tom's tone, she discovered otherwise very quickly.

But you can't blame a person for trying.
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I have noticed that she and Tom weren't really in much of the episodes in the last season or two, especially Marion.

Like when Joanie came home sick... Howard takes care of her? Really?
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I heard it was Marion Ross and Ron Howard called her to tell her that she was going to be replaced.
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I thought I remembered hearing back in the 80's that Lynda Goodfriend wanted a bigger role and threatened to quit and caused some trouble.
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I thought I remembered hearing back in the 80's that Lynda Goodfriend wanted a bigger role and threatened to quit and caused some trouble.

They probably replied with, "Hey Lynda, remember 'Who's Watching The Kids?"

If she did, she was foolish. She was hardly essential to the show. She was lucky to be there in the '80s. Ron Howard was gone. They had the perfect excuse to write her out of the show.
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I heard it was Marion Ross and Ron Howard called her to tell her that she was going to be replaced.

Come to think of it, we didn't see much of MR in the last season of the show, in my opinion or she had a very small part.
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Default i don't know who wanted more money

somehow i really don't think they wanted her back.with the return of erin and scott.the show would again go back to a more traditional happy days form.the stories would be focused around the core characters.season 10 was in my opinion was the worst of all the happy days seasons.in a look back i think that the idea might have been to spin FONZIE off on his own to see if he could survive a spinoff show without actually doing it.but the end results were to far off the original happy days ideas.so i don't think ashley was even a thought for the final season of happy days.
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I do remember reading an item in the National Enquirer that a Fonzie/Ashley spin off was being considered.

On the other hand, consider the source.
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