Delta made a number of claims while she was feuding with the producers of “Designing Women,” including that actors were often forced to work fifteen-hour days. Such working conditions aren’t too uncommon in show business, but for a sitcom, it seems a bit odd.
Her statements started to get wild, however — when she said things like even if they weren’t being kept on set longer than they needed to be, one of the series’s creators would put the cast on a room and lock it just to yell at them. The public was left wondering who to believe — were the stories true? They had no reason not to believe Delta at this point.
Creators Against the Network
“Designing Women” premiered in 1985, and the creators were certain it was going to be a hit. The network, on the other hand, wasn't so sure. The show included stars Delta Burke and Dixie Carter, and the entire cast excelled in their roles. It took a little bit of time for all of the actresses and actors to really find themselves and find the audience they were looking for.
Nobody could deny the second season was a bonafide hit, and Delta Burke was one of the names on everyone's lips. She was riding high with her friends from the show, but the perfection wouldn't last.
Like a Glove
For five years, the cast of “Designing Women” worked like a well-oiled machine, fitting together perfectly. But out of nowhere, problems began to arise, and Delta Burke always seemed to be in the center of the problems.
She began to publicly disparage the show, and while to many it seems like her comments came out of nowhere, the public soon learned why she was saying these things. They also learned Delta would NOT be returning for future seasons of “Designing Women,” but the reasons for that decision were kept behind closed doors. In just five short years, the wheels had fallen off a promising star's career, and it was skidding in every direction.
Friends No Longer
One of the longest-lasting consequences of Delta Burke's feud with the creators of the show was that it also led to a falling out with her co-star, Dixie Carter. Both of the women had strong personalities, so it's possible that they would end up on opposite sides of an issue one way or another, even though the two were close friends while Delta was on the show.
Once Delta started to speak out. However, their friendship fractured in a public and heartbreaking way. It would be more than ten years before they found it possible to repair their relationship.
Thankfully, not everything was going poorly for Delta at that period. Before McRaney had even officially divorced his second wife, Pat Moran, he and Delta were seen on each other's arms at the 1987 Primetime Emmy Awards.
At the time, Delta was just then entering the second season of “Designing Women.” She and McRaney first met when she had a guest spot on McRaney's show “Simon & Simon.” Their love was not to be denied. According to the stories McRaney proposed on their second date. We have to imagine she said yes. Because, you know, they got married and they're still married.