Trina McGee says the cast of Boy Meets World didn’t want her in the series finale

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Trina McGee shares why she didn’t appear in the series finale “The Boy Meets the World” Back in the year 2000.

McGee, who played Angela Moore, spoke on the “Pod Meets World” podcast about how she was asked to “turn down” her “Black meter” while performing on the sitcom in the late ’90s.

“This is a ground we have not covered. I was told, in a rather strange way, by a very important person, that you all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and I said, ‘We don’t want her in the last episode. It somehow takes our light. [That] McGee said.

Trina McGee thought the “Boy Meets World” team didn’t want her in the series finale.
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“I was told that after I filmed what was the show before the last episode, which was called ‘Angela’s Ashes’ when I left. When Michael announced to me we’re going to be doing another Angela show, I was so happy, you didn’t know this was going to be the show before the last show.”

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co-host Ryder Strong, who played Sean Hunter; Will Friedel, who portrayed Eric Matthews; And the Daniel Fishelwho landed the role of Topanaga Lawrence, was surprised by McGee’s comments and claimed she was appalled that she hadn’t voiced this 22 years ago.

“I remember after we recorded the show, I said to someone, ‘Why weren’t we on the last show? “Because I know the last show was going to have the ratings and the tears and all things. I had the impression that you guys got all together and you didn’t want me on the last show, for some reason I was going to go take some gloss or something,” McGee said.

L-R: Matthew Lawrence, Trina McGee, Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedel, Maitland Ward and Ryder Strong in 1998.

L-R: Matthew Lawrence, Trina McGee, Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedel, Maitland Ward and Ryder Strong in 1998.
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She continued, “This has been really painful for me for a long time. To make it worse, people of color tend to look at things a bit more difficult sometimes. So I had cousins ​​calling out to me, saying, ‘Why weren’t you in the last episode?'” They gave you this whole show so you get distracted and you won’t be on the show with the real ratings? Several of my cousins ​​and family members have been telling me this… It’s been honestly on my mind for 20 years.”

Friedel got involved and wasn’t happy with the claim.

“Can we tell for the record, tryna, that this never happened,” he said. “This isn’t competitive – this is sociopathy. This pisses me off. This is the next level.”

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McGee replied, “I believe you. I can tell by your reactions. It’s been in my head for a long time, and I’ve never seen this show. I’ve always felt like, uh… It hurt me for a long time.”

series finale “The Boy Meets the World” It aired in May 2000. McGee’s character dated Strong’s character throughout the show.

Trina McGee and Ryder Strong are portrayed during the episode “Angela Ashes”. McGee starred as Strong’s girlfriend on the show.
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During the podcast, McGee recalled an op-ed she wrote for the Daily News in which she asserted that the show did not mention that the characters were in an interracial relationship.

Before McGee took on the role of Angela Moore, she stared at shows with mostly black actors: “A Different World,” “Martin,” and “Family Matters.”

“Coming from the black sitcoms, I always had to get a black counter. … the black counter probably went down to two. I remember when I was doing an episode of ‘Angela’s Ashes,’ somehow the black counter slipped, and I was about nine, Michael came by.” To me, and his remark was, “Hey Trina, just dismiss Thelma Hopkins by eight degrees,” she said, noting that the product was referring to a character from “Family Affairs.”

McGee was asked to “turn down Telma Hopkins” while starring in “Boy Meets Worlds.” Hopkins (L) played Rachel in “Family Matters.”
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“I knew exactly what he was talking about, and I did. There are so many things you guys are so lucky to have never thought about.”

McGee and Friedel re-reviewed the comment he made on the actress, noting that she looks like Aunt Jemima 22 years ago. He apologized to her in a lengthy email years ago, but the stars are finally talking about the incident that “changed his life” publicly.

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Friedel noted that before he made his comment, he saw McGee come out of the locker room wearing a red headscarf.

“In my head, I didn’t attach any cultural significance to it at all. I saw someone I thought was my friend but didn’t know very well, wearing a big red hat. That’s all I saw,” Friedel said.

Will Friedel made an offensive joke to Mackie while on the set of “Boy Meets World” 22 years ago.
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“I was like, ‘You’re part of the cast, which means I’m going to make fun of you the same way I do [of others]I thought, ‘I’m going to make fun of her red hat.’ That’s as far as my stupid mind saw. So just before I walked by my side, I passed and went, ‘I love your drink’, and went to the set, thinking, ‘Boom, zing! I’ve got On her just for her hat.”

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After filming the scene, McGee approached Friedel and said his reference to Aunt Jemima was not good.

“I remember saying to you, ‘I assumed that’s like you’re calling me the cheerful green giant.’ I was like, ‘No, that’s not the same at all,'” he said. Any idea of ​​the cultural significance of Aunt Jemima’s character, any of those things… I’ve never heard of that! I got scared.”

The “Boy Meets World” series concluded in May 2000.
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“It literally changed my life,” he continued.


“That moment was the moment where I was, you can’t just say things,” Friedel said. “You can’t just dump things in there because you think it’s funny and walk away. It can hurt people.”