Originally Posted by kevin
However, Pulaski didn't work out either, and so McFadden was invited back to reprise Crusher. Reportedly (and perhaps due to a less than cordial exit first time around) the rumour was she was hired back at a lower salary than the rest of the cast.
Union rules might have prevented that unless her actual role was downgraded. Perhaps the number of episodes per season was reduced. Rumor also was that she had to be persuaded to come back by the cast. If so, actors often stand up for each other in terms of pay.