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Trina McGee is sharing why she was not featured within the collection finale of “Boy Meets World” again in 2000.
McGee, who stared as Angela Moore, spoke on the “Pod Meets World” podcast about how she was requested to “flip down” her “Black meter” whereas starring on the sitcom throughout the late 90s.
“That is some floor now we have not coated. I used to be instructed, in type of a bizarre, off-handed method by an important individual, that you just guys all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and also you mentioned, ‘We don’t need her within the final episode. She’s by some means taking our mild.’ [That] was the gist of it,” McGee mentioned.
“I used to be instructed that after I shot what was the present earlier than the final episode, which was referred to as ‘Angela’s Ashes’ once I left. When Michael introduced to me, we’re going to do one other present on Angela, I used to be so comfortable, not figuring out this was going to be the present earlier than the final present,” she continued.
Co-hosts Rider Robust, who performed Shawn Hunter; Will Friedle, who portrayed Eric Matthews; and Danielle Fishel, who stared as Topanaga Lawrence, had been shocked by McGee’s feedback and claimed they felt horrible that she didn’t categorical this 22 years in the past.
“I keep in mind after we taped the present, I had mentioned to an individual, ‘Why aren’t we on the final present?’ As a result of I do know the final present was going to be the one with the rankings and the crying and all of the stuff. I used to be beneath the impression that y’all acquired collectively and didn’t need me within the final present, for some cause I used to be going to take some shine or one thing to that impact,” McGee mentioned.
She continued: “That was actually hurtful to me for a very long time. To make it worse, folks of coloration are inclined to look into issues a bit tougher generally. So I had cousins calling me, saying, ‘How come you weren’t within the final episode? They only gave you that complete present so that you just’d be distracted and wouldn’t be within the present with the actual rankings?’ A number of of my cousins, my members of the family had been telling me this. … I’ve truthfully had that in my head for 20 years.”
Friedle chimed in and was not comfortable concerning the declare.
“Can we are saying for the report, Trina, that by no means occurred,” he mentioned. “That’s not competitiveness — that’s sociopathy. This pisses me off. That is subsequent degree.”
McGee replied, “I consider you. I can inform by your reactions. I’ve had that in my head for thus lengthy, and I’ve by no means watched that present. I’ve all the time felt like, ugh. … That harm me a very long time.”
The collection finale of “Boy Meets World” aired in Might 2000. McGee’s character dated Robust’s character all through the present.
In the course of the podcast, McGee recalled an op-ed she wrote for the Each day Information wherein she emphasised that the present didn’t deal with that the characters had been in an interracial relationship.
Earlier than McGee took on the position of Angela Moore, she stared in reveals with a predominantly Black solid: “A Completely different World,” “Martin” and “Household Issues.”
“Coming from Black sitcoms, I all the time needed to have like a Black meter. … My Black meter was most likely right down to a two. I keep in mind once I was doing ‘Angela’s Ashes’ episode, by some means my Black meter had slipped up, and I used to be at a couple of 9. Michael came visiting to me, and his be aware was, ‘Hey Trina, simply flip down the Telma Hopkins about eight notches,'” she mentioned, noting that the producer was referencing a personality from “Household Issues.”
“I knew precisely what he was speaking about, and I did. There are such a lot of belongings you guys are so fortunate you didn’t have to consider.”
McGee and Friedle revisited the remark he made on set to the actress, referencing that she seemed like Aunt Jemima 22 years in the past. He apologized to her in a prolonged e-mail years in the past, however the stars are lastly speaking concerning the incident that “modified his life” publicly.
Friedle famous that earlier than he mentioned his remark, he noticed McGee come out of a dressing room in a crimson scarf.
“In my head, I connected no cultural significance to that in any respect. I noticed an individual who I assumed was my buddy however didn’t know very nicely, sporting an enormous, crimson hat. That’s all I noticed,” Friedle shared.
“I used to be like, ‘You’re a part of the solid, so meaning I’m gonna make enjoyable of you a similar method I make enjoyable [of others].’ I assumed, ‘Gonna make enjoyable of her crimson hat.’ That’s so far as my dumbass, privileged thoughts noticed. So proper earlier than I walked on personally, I walked by and went, ‘Love your syrup,’ and walked on to the set, pondering, ‘Increase, zing! Simply acquired her for her hat,’” he continued.
After filming the scene, McGee approached Friedle and mentioned that his reference to Aunt Jemima was not OK.
“I keep in mind saying to you, ‘I assumed that was such as you calling me the jolly inexperienced big.’ You had been like, ‘No, that’s not the identical factor in any respect,’” he mentioned. “By no means use the time as an excuse, however the mid-90s, I had no concept of the cultural significance of the Aunt Jemima character, any of that stuff. … I had by no means heard that! I used to be mortified.”
He continued: “It actually modified my life.”
“That second was the second the place I used to be like, you possibly can’t simply say stuff,” Friedle mentioned. “You possibly can’t throw stuff on the market since you assume it’s humorous and stroll away. You may be hurting folks.”