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A lot of producers and others in authority are like that: their ability to say "no" is of paramount importance, and the resulting losses incurred aren't dealt with until after they happen. That's what happened with the Mis-Ellie debacle on DALLAS: they disastrously recast the Emmy-winning matriarch from the biggest show on the planet just to say "no" to Barbara Bel Geddes' request for a modest raise and a reduced workweek while she continued to recuperate from the previous year's heart surgery... And she wasn't even disliked by the brass in the way Oxenberg was.

Executive egos are sometimes much worse than those of the actors.

As I've said, they should have held Oxenberg to her contract, with or without that raise, and then killed her off in the avalanche cliffhanger that was scheduled to close Season 7 but Spelling cancelled also for budget reasons.


Why was Catherine Oxenberg disliked?
 

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Why was Catherine Oxenberg disliked?

Dunno for sure. Apparently, she was seen as uncooperative by the producers regarding various behind-the-scenes administrative things. Nolan Miller seemed to like her but felt her representatives were influencing her negatively.
 

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Dunno for sure. Apparently, she was seen as uncooperative by the producers regarding various behind-the-scenes administrative things. Nolan Miller seemed to like her but felt her representatives were influencing her negatively.
Catherine Oxenberg wanted a raise more in line with Heather Locklear’s salary of 22,000 an episode. She says she only asked for around 2500 more than her 10,000 a week.

after she was fired she appeared on Wogan and said that she chose actress status over celebrity status and that she could no longer feed her cats in the way they were accustomed, as well as her departure being more of a shock to the producers than her. Plus she complained she had reduced storylines in season 6 because of the inflated cast.
 

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Catherine Oxenberg wanted a raise more in line with Heather Locklear’s salary of 22,000 an episode. She says she only asked for around 2500 more than her 10,000 a week.

after she was fired she appeared on Wogan and said that she chose actress status over celebrity status and that she could no longer feed her cats in the way they were accustomed, as well as her departure being more of a shock to the producers than her. Plus she complained she had reduced storylines in season 6 because of the inflated cast.

Those poor cats. They always wind up the victims.
 

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Catherine Oxenberg wanted a raise more in line with Heather Locklear’s salary of 22,000 an episode. She says she only asked for around 2500 more than her 10,000 a week.

after she was fired she appeared on Wogan and said that she chose actress status over celebrity status and that she could no longer feed her cats in the way they were accustomed, as well as her departure being more of a shock to the producers than her. Plus she complained she had reduced storylines in season 6 because of the inflated cast.
Going from that comment, I assume that her "people" probably tried to push for more front-and-center storylines, more lines per episode, better positioning in photoshoots etc. Pretty standard stuff (and I'm sure they used the fact that she drove the storyline that made them #1), but for producers it's a headache.
 
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