"I've been the subject of a lot of negative press over the years," she told ET at the time. "People who I don't even know say things."
In the '80s, Somers returned to television in the short-lived series, She's the Sheriff, but she hit another hot streak in the '90s with a starring role in the sitcom Step by Step and a spokesperson gig as the face of ThighMaster.
Rebranding herself as a health and fitness expert, Somers sold more than 10 million ThighMasters, authored 25 books and built a $100 million empire, but it nearly came crashing down in 2001 when she received a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer.
"I eat right. I exercise. I've done all the right things," she told us in 2001. "I've always taken care of myself and I never ever thought that I'd hear those words -- you have breast cancer -- applied to me."