Boy Meets World actors Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle, and Rider Strong apologized to Trina McGee, believing she had disappeared from the series finale.
It’s time for reuniting.
‘Boy Meets World’ alum Trina McGee, who played Angela Moore from seasons five to seven, has learned why she wasn’t included in the series finale in 2000.
In the Sept. 12 episode of Pod Meets World, McGee explained that she believed her co-stars Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle, and Rider Strong orchestrated her exit.
“I was told, in kind of a weird, off-handed way by a very important person,” McGee said, “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.”
She believes this is why her character traveled to Europe with her dad in “Angela’s Ashes.” But, she shared, “That was really hurtful to me for a long time.”
However, Friedle, Fishel, and Strong said they hadn’t discussed McGee’s role on the show with Jacobs. Friedle, who portrayed Eric Matthews, said, “Can we say for the record, Trina, that never happened?”
Friedle said it’s deeply upsetting that someone would lead her to believe that was the reason for her abrupt departure. “That’s not competitiveness; that’s sociopathy,” he said. “This pisses me off. This is the next level.”
McGee said her co-stars, including Fishel, were in a state of tension, so she believed the lie. She regretted not befriending Fishel, who could have been a valuable ally. Fishel agreed, saying, “We could’ve helped each other.”
McGee also ended Friedle’s racist joke during filming, which he admitted to. Friedle recalled McGee wearing red and joked that she looked like Aunt Jemima, adding, “So right before I walked on for my part, I walked by and said, ‘Love your syrup,’ and walked on to the set, thinking ‘Boom, zing! Just got her for her hat.'”
McGee told Friedle he didn’t realize how insensitive his remarks were until after the fact. “That moment was the moment where I was like; you can’t just say stuff,” Friedle explained. “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.”
Pod Meets World can be listened to wherever you get podcasts.