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Actually, that was the plan for Oxenberg. Even during the retooling of season 6 the staff was discussing of making Amanda "more like Fallon" (from seasons 3-4 obviously) and bringing back Michael. Just like they were already discussing the possibility of having Steven and Sammy Jo back together. I don't know why this was cancelled for the second part of season 6 but still that was in the pipeline.Again they wrote the character of Amanda totally differently once they had a new actress playing her. The same as they did with Fallon. Amanda went from being a spoiled, pouty and sulky young woman to being an oddly perky and optimistic business woman. Overnight!.
As for Oxenberg's salary, she already had a raise since all the actors/actress negociated an automatic raise for each new season. But Oxenberg wanted the same salary than Heather Lokclear and Aaron Spelling thought she did not deserved it. For me, he was quite right here What was not right was the recast.
They could have put Amanda in the hospital instead of Jackie (the recast would have been okay for a couple of scenes) and change the plots for Michael. Leslie could have come earlier to replace Amanda.