Shannen Doherty fires back at rumors linking her to 'BH90210' staff quitting, says she refuses to be the 'villain'
Shannen Doherty slammed back at "fabricated" reports that she was causing drama on the set of the 'Beverly Hills,90210' revival. The 'Charmed' actress took to Instagram Friday to say she refuses to be painted as the "villain" on the set of the new series.
Doherty's post comes soon after it was reported by Variety that showrunner Patrick Sean Smith and several senior writers quit Fox’s 'Beverly Hills, 902010' Thursday.
"Being a part of TV history is an honor but it also comes with some massive backlash. There has been many stories floating around about this show and me. One of the reasons I hesitated to say yes was for this crap," Doherty wrote.
"The only thing I’m a control freak over is my health. Trying to stay healthy and positive," she said. "I realized this morning, that I have a fear of doing what I love because of headlines like this. Not only because there is zero truth to it but because it lessens me and my journey, battle, experience with cancer."
"And why aren’t people held accountable for their fabricated stories?" she remarked. "I refuse to be cast in the same villain role because 'journalists' lack imagination and I certainly refuse to be cheapened as a survivor and as a woman by them."
The trailer for the reboot, which dropped May 14, reached 18.4 million views already, becoming the most-viewed trailer among all-new series for the 2019-20 season. Earlier this month, the cast reunited for their first table read, which came two months after original cast member Luke Perry died.
The new series is set to bring back original cast members Doherty, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris and Brian Austin Green. Perry was not involved in the series prior to his death in March because of his commitment to 'Riverdale'.
Doherty was the last to sign on to the show, with the reboot announcement coming in February and her joining the series not being announced until April. The show is set to premiere on August 7, 2019.