Someone needs to light some candles, say some magic words, and break whatever petty curse is lingering over the cast of Charmed already. It’s been 26 years—or “15 movies and 13 TV shows ago” in former star Alyssa Milano’s words—since the first episode of the witchy drama premiered, and the girls are still fighting. Sabrina and Lilith didn’t spar for that long. Even Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West were able to settle their differences in a far more reasonable timeframe. (Sure, it was by melting via child proxy, but that’s beside the point! The Charmed cast has been fighting for a really long time.)
The most recent volley comes from Shannen Doherty, who recently—along with her former co-star and ally Holly Marie Combs—gave credence to rumors that Milano had gotten her fired from the WB series on her Let’s Be Clear podcast. (Doherty’s character was killed off and replaced by Rose McGowan after the show’s third season.) “We were told [by Alyssa] it’s her or [Shannen] and Alyssa has threatened to sue us for a hostile workplace environment,” Combs said a producer told her at the time.
After Milano addressed the rumors at a panel this past weekend, Doherty is digging in her heels. “Holly and I, we were not mean on the podcast,” the actor—who again, has not been on this show since 2001—said at a MegaCon panel alongside Combs and McGowan this weekend (via Entertainment Weekly). “In fact, we went in and we edited out anything that we felt would cause more drama. We simply told the truth because the truth actually does matter. But we wanted to try to save you, the fans, from heartbreak as much as humanly possible.”
Alluding to her stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, the actor continued: “At this point in my life with my health diagnosis—I’m sorry if I start crying—with fighting horrific disease every day of my life, it is also incredibly important to me that the truth actually be told as opposed to the narrative that others put out there for me.”
“There is no revisionist history happening,” Doherty concluded in reference to a long Instagram post from Milano in which the latter claimed that “any retelling of these stories from anyone is just revisionist history.” At her own separate panel at the same event this past weekend (thoughts and prayers to whatever staffer had to put that schedule together), Milano claimed that all the mud-slinging made her “sad that a show that has meant so much to so many people has been tarnished by a toxicity that is still to this day almost a quarter of a century later still happening.” You can read Milano’s full statement in the post below:
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