On the Pod Meets World podcast, the actor talked about her omitted presence from the ABC series’ last episode with her former co-stars.
A generation of children who had the opportunity to grow up alongside their favourite characters will always have good memories of Boy Meets World, which was a part of ABC’s famed 1990s TGIF lineup of comedy. Observing the development of Rider Strong and Trina McGee’s portrayals of Angela and Shawn, a popular couple, was a joy for many viewers. Viewers were heartbroken when the two didn’t finish up together and Angela went for Europe one episode before the series finale because they had constantly broken up and reconnected.
Now that the mystery of Angela’s disappearance is resolved, McGee stated (via Deadline) to her former castmates Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle that she was held out of the last episode due to on-set conflict during an appearance on the recap podcast Pod Meets World.
“I was kind of offhandedly informed by a very significant individual that you all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs and said, ‘We don’t want her in the last episode. She’s stealing our glow in some way. That was basically it, according to McGee.
“I was informed of this after I finished filming the previous episode of the show, “Angela’s Ashes,” which I had left. I was so excited when Michael said we would be doing another Angela concert, not expecting it would be the show before the final show,” continued McGee.
McGee has previously spoken out about the bigotry she experienced on the Boy Meets World set, including hearing co-star Friedle refer to her as “Aunt Jemima” while she sat through hair and makeup. McGee expressed her feelings on her experiences on the ABC series in a 2020 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, saying, “I feel like I’m always the one that had to squelch it and move on.” McGee claimed in the interview that Friedle and Fishel did finally apologise to her for their actions.
Friedle, who in the series played Cory Matthews’ brother, denied that any member of the main cast asked for McGee to be left out of the ending.
McGee retorted, “I believe you. “I can tell by the way you respond. Despite never having watched that episode, I’ve had that in my brain for a very long time. My constant thought has been, “Ugh, that wounded me for a long time.”