Shannen Doherty Backs Up Charmed’s Firing Claim

Shannen Doherty is defending her claim that Alyssa Milano fired her.

In December, Shannen and her Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs alleged that Alyssa orchestrated Shanne’s exit from their hit WB series in 2001.

Alyssa rejected the accusations in Who’s the Boss? panel discussion on Friday at MegaCon Orlando, saying “it’s sad that people can’t get through it.”

Alyssa Milano at MegaCon last weekAlyssa Milano at MegaCon last week

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“This happened so long ago that anyone’s retelling of these stories is just revisionist history,” Alyssa added in an Instagram post over the weekend.

In the same post, Alyssa alleged that Shannen was fired after a professional mediator investigated allegations made against her on set and then closed the door on producers and the studio.

“I don’t have the power to fire anyone,” Alyssa wrote. “After Shannen left, we had five more successful seasons and I am forever grateful.”

Shannen responded to Alyssa’s denial of any wrongdoing during the Charmed panel on Sunday on the final day of MegaCon Orlando.

While sitting between Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan, who replaced Shannen on Charmed, Shannen became emotional while reading a statement about the situation.

“Holly and I, we’re not mean on the podcast — my podcast, Let’s Be Clear,” Shannen began. In fact, we go in and edit anything we feel will cause more drama.

“We only tell the truth because the truth is important. But we want to try to save you, the fans, as much heartbreak as possible.”

The Beverly Hills, 90210 actor, who is undergoing treatment for stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her bones, said her diagnosis influenced her decision to speak out about Alyssa.

“At this point in my life with my health diagnosis – I apologize if I start crying – with battling a terrible disease every day of my life, it is also very important to me that the truth be told and not the narrative that others are providing for me.

“We said it together, we spoke our truth and we stood by our truth,” Shannen added of the claims made on her podcast.

“There’s no revisionist history going on in the truth that I know we’ve told. … There are no delays to set, no mediators for months. I remember the facts as if I were still living in them.”

Rose McGowan (left), Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs speak during Sunday's Q&A session at MegaCon Orlando 2024.Rose McGowan (left), Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs speak during Sunday’s Q&A session at MegaCon Orlando 2024.

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The Heathers actor added that “what other people call drama is real trauma for me that I have experienced for a very long time”.

Shannen concluded: “And it was only through my battle with cancer that I decided to overcome this trauma and be open and honest about it so that I could truly recover from the livelihood that was taken from me.

“Livelihoods were taken away from my family because someone else wanted to be number one on the call list. That is the truth.”

Rose, who worked with Alyssa on Charmed from 2001 to 2006, then chimed in: “We’ve been protecting you (fans of the show) for a long time. We’ve been doing it as long as we can. We all.”

He then shared a quote from comedian Katt Williams, who said: “Winners don’t let losers rewrite history.”

In December, Shannen said in two episodes of the Let’s Be Clear podcast that Alyssa consistently competed with her because she was called the star of Charmed.

In one of the podcast episodes, Holly Marie also recalled a conversation she had with Charmed producer Jonathan Levin, who allegedly told her that Alyssa threatened to sue, claiming a hostile work environment, if Shannen was not fired from the show.

“He said, you know, ‘We’re basically in a position where that’s happening. We were told (by Alyssa) that it was (Shannen) or me, and Alyssa threatened to sue us because of a hostile work environment,’” Holly Marie said.

Holly Marie added that Alyssa had “built a case for herself” by documenting the mediator whenever she felt uncomfortable on set. Holly Marie said that Alyssa’s threat of legal action “by today’s standards, it’s not going anywhere,” noting that there was never a “fight” or “rant” between Shannen and Alyssa.

“I don’t ever remember being mean to (Alyssa) on set,” Shannen said on her podcast, noting how she once addressed things to Alyssa for an episode of Charmed that Shannen directed.

“I was very kind and understanding,” Shannen said.

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