One other “Boy Meets World” thriller was solved throughout a latest episode of the rewatch podcast, “Pod Meets World.” Trina McGee, who portrayed Angela Moore through the closing three seasons of the sitcom, revealed why she wasn’t a part of the collection finale.
“That is some floor we’ve not coated. I used to be instructed, in type of a bizarre, off-handed manner by a vital particular person, that you simply guys all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and also you mentioned, ‘We do not need her within the final episode. She’s in some way taking our gentle.’ [That] was the gist of it,” mentioned McGee, who performed Shawn Hunter’s (Rider Sturdy) girlfriend on the present. “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’ after I left. When Michael introduced to me, we’ll do one other present on Angela, I used to be so completely happy, not understanding this was going to be the present earlier than the final present.”
Co-hosts Sturdy, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle had been shocked and appalled over that declare — and felt terrible that she was instructed that 22 years in the past.
“I bear 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 below the impression that y’all bought collectively and didn’t need me within the final present, for some motive I used to be going to take some shine or one thing to that impact,” she continued. “That was actually hurtful to me for a very long time. To make it worse, folks of shade are likely to look into issues slightly more durable typically. So I had cousins calling me, saying, ‘How come you were not within the final episode? They only gave you that entire present so that you simply’d be distracted and would not be within the present with the true rankings?’ A number of of my cousins, my members of the family had been telling me this… I’ve actually had that in my head for 20 years.”
Friedle was not completely happy concerning the declare. “Can we are saying for the document, Trina, that by no means occurred,” he mentioned. “That is not competitiveness, that is sociopath. This pisses me off. That is subsequent degree.”
McGee kindly 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 at all times felt like, ugh… That harm me a very long time.”
Whereas Fishel and McGee remembered being pitted in opposition to one another, the boys mentioned that it wasn’t the identical for them.
“It is true that we weren’t performed in opposition to one another, however I will not go to date to say we weren’t manipulated,” Sturdy mentioned. Friedle responded, “Oh no, that is totally different. Manipulated on a regular basis. However it wasn’t whispering in a single ear, whispering in one other ear about one thing else.”
Throughout the episode, McGee additionally seemed again at an op-ed that she wrote for the Every day Information, during which she defended the truth that “Boy Meets World” did not tackle that Shawn and Angela had been in an interracial relationship. She shared on the podcast that her publicist and her husband truly wrote the piece, which was revealed below her byline, however that she did n’t agree.
“I used to be very confused on the time about whether or not to speak about it or not — I had two realms of pondering: my job and mankind,” she mentioned. “It wasn’t completely my natural view. Humorous sufficient, a rebuttal was written to the Every day Information by Lorraine Toussaint, who mentioned, ‘No, you have to acknowledge that these are two totally different races getting collectively…’ If I needed to do it over and I might take my actual stance — hindsight and every part — I’d have wrote the alternative article.”
Sturdy additionally remembered speaking to McGee concerning the subject, additionally questioning why they weren’t discussing it.
Earlier than the household sitcom, McGee had starred on a number of sitcoms with Black casts, together with “A Completely different World,” “Martin” and “Household Issues.”
“Coming from Black sitcoms, I at all times needed to have like a Black meter… My Black meter was most likely all the way down to a 2. I bear in mind after I was doing ‘Angela’s Ashes’ episode, in some way my Black meter had slipped up and I used to be at a few 9. Michael came to visit to me and his observe was, ‘Hey Trina, simply flip down the Telma Hopkins about eight nights,’” she mentioned, noting that the producer was referring to the Black “Household Issues” actor. “I knew precisely what he was speaking about and I did. … There are such a lot of belongings you guys are so fortunate you did not have to consider.”
Years in the past, McGee and Friedle shared an interplay that they had on set that he says fully modified his life. They recounted the dialog on the podcast, noting that on set, McGee got here out of the dressing room in a pink headband.
“In my head, I hooked up no cultural significance to that in any respect. I noticed an individual who I assumed was my buddy however did not know very nicely, carrying an enormous, pink hat. That is all I noticed,” Friedle defined. “I used to be like, ‘You are a part of the solid, so which means, I am gonna make enjoyable of you a similar manner I make enjoyable [of others].’ I assumed, ‘Gonna make enjoyable of her pink hat.’ That is so far as my dumbass, privileged thoughts noticed. So proper earlier than I walked on in my view, I walked by and went, ‘Love your syrup,’ and walked on to the set, pondering ‘Growth, zing! Simply bought her from her for her hat from her.’”
After the scene, McGee instructed Friedle his remark referring to her as Aunt Jemima was not okay.
“I bear in mind saying to you, ‘I assumed that was such as you calling me the jolly inexperienced large.’ You had been like, ‘No, that is not the identical factor in any respect.’” Friedle mentioned. “By no means use the time as an excuse however the mid-90s, I had no thought 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.”
After she defined the offensive remark to him, he apologized they usually hugged — however he was “actually shaking” afterward. McGee recalled feeling “very small,” to which Friedle responded, “How might you not?”
“It actually modified my life,” he continued. “That second was the second the place I used to be like, you’ll be able to’t simply say stuff. You may’t throw stuff on the market, since you suppose it is humorous and stroll away. You may be hurting folks.”