Boy Meets World was one of the top teen sitcoms of the 1990s on the Friday night TGIF block on ABC. Behind the scenes, not everything was entirely positive with the young cast.
A brand new episode of the podcast Pod Meets World, with former stars of the series Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle, and Rider Strong, they welcome Trina McGee who played Strong’s onscreen girlfriend Angela Moore for three seasons. McGee revealed that she received biased treatment on the set, especially why she was absent from the series finale. In the second to last episode, Angela left with her father for Europe, making her the only main character, not in the series finale.
“I was told, in kind of a weird, off-handed way by a very important person, that you guys all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and you said, ‘We don’t want her in the last episode. She’s somehow taking our light,’ was the gist of it,”I was told that after I shot what was the show before the last episode, which was called ‘Angela’s Ashes’ when I left.”
“I was under the impression that y’all got together and did not want me in the last show, for some reason I was going to take some shine or something to that effect,That was really hurtful to me for a long time.”
Fishel, Friedle, and Strong were stunned to hear her admission. They denied those versions of events.
“Can we say for the record, Trina, that never happened,” Friedle said. “That’s not competitiveness, that’s sociopathy. This pisses me off. This is next level.”
“I believe you. I can tell by your reactions,” McGee said. “I have had that in my head for so long, and I’ve never watched that show. I’ve always felt like, ugh… That hurt me a long time.”
Fishel and McGee agreed that their animosity was a waste. They both agreed that talking out their problems would help.
“We could’ve helped each other,” they both said.
McGee was in a different phase of her life. She often felt that disconnect between her and her costars, which she thought were “snots” and “really privileged kids who didn’t know” at first.
“We were!” Friedle agreed.
There was an incident with Friedle. that had McGee coming out of her dressing room wearing a red scarf and Friedle made the automatic association with Aunt Jemima.
“So right before I walked on for my part, I walked by and went, ‘Love your syrup,’ and walked on to the set, thinking ‘Boom, zing! Just got her for her hat,’ ” Friedle said. After his scene, McGee confronted Friedle about the comment and he was completely shocked and “shaken.” Friedle credits that moment with changing his life.
“That moment was the moment where I was like, you can’t just say stuff,” Friedle said. “You can’t just throw things out there, because you think it’s funny and walk away. You could be hurting people because you think it’s funny.”
“The real tragedy in all of it is the years that went by that we didn’t talk about it because I really kept it,” McGee said. “But that’s not my entire experience on the show. It’s not a racial issue. It’s more of a trust, friendship, at the time where we were, and you guys kinda being snot kids.”
The Pod Meets World podcast has revealed tons of behind-the-scenes dirt regarding the relationship and the work environment so far. It’s a shame McGee went through all that drama with her younger co-stars. But at least she is more at peace with them these days.
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