Jorja Fox Involved In New Salary DisputeBy Christian
May 4, 2007 - 1:34 PM
Three years after CBS fired and then re-hired Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation over a salary dispute, the actress's future on the show again seems to be up in the air.
According to an article by Michael Starr at the New York Post, CBS execs were so unhappy with Fox's demands for extra money, they decided to kill of her character at the end of the current season. Originally, Sara Sidle was supposed to have been crushed by a car at the end of "Living Doll," the May 17 season finale -- a plan that was thwarted when Fox simply refused to show up on the set to film her death scene.
The New York Post claimed that with Fox not available to film her scenes, producers had to scramble to come up with a new ending to the season finale, and had to fly Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows) in to Las Vegas to film it. However, the article also quoted a spokeswoman for Fox who said that the actress did eventually appear on the set to shoot scenes for the finale, which she called "open ended." She also confirmed Fox's contract has run out, but that she is still negotiating with the network over her future on the show.
Jorja Fox was previously involved in a similar dispute with CBS three years ago, when she and co-star George Eads (Nick Stokes) refused to show up to film scenes for the fifth-season premiere. The two stars had both signed a seven-year contract at the start of CSI's run, but were then hoping to pressure the network into raising their salaries. Fox and Eads eventually went back to work, reportedly under the terms of their old contract -- but now, with her original contract running out, it seems Fox's future on the show is again unclear.
For the original report from the New York Post, please follow this link. Thanks go out to Al Forno for this!