Can Laverne survive without Shirley? She did for most of the eighth and final season. Producers were reportedly unhappy when Williams got pregnant in 1982, and the actress, along with her husband/manager Bill Hudson, requested special accommodation for her during the eighth season, which were not met. Williams, who had a tense relationship with co-star Penny Marshall, left after two episodes and sued producers for $20 million, accusing them of breach of contract for trying to squeeze her out. The suit was settled out of court and Williams received an exit payment.