‘Boy Meets World’ Star Trina McGee Was Told Co-Stars Didn’t Want Her In Series Finale, Recalls Being Asked To ‘Turn Down’ Her ‘Black Meter’
Trina McGee, who played Angela Moore during the final three seasons of the 90’s sitcom, ‘Boy Meets World’ revealed why she wasn’t part of the series finale.
During a recent episode of the ‘Pod Meets World’ podcast–which is hosted by her 3 fellow cast members, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle–Trina McGee got very candid about her time on the show and some of the difficulties she faced behind the scenes as the only African American woman on the series.
When discussing her absence from the series finale, Mcgee dropped a bombshell that shocked her co-stars.
“This is some ground we have not covered. I was told, in kind of a weird, off-handed way by a very important person, that you guys all went to [showrunner] Michael Jacobs, and you said, ‘We don’t want her in the last episode. She’s somehow taking our light.’ [That] was the gist of it.”
“I was told that after I shot 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 do another show on Angela, I was so happy, not knowing this was going to be the show before the last show.”
Co-hosts Strong, Fishel and Friedle were shocked and appalled over that claim — and felt awful that Trina McGee was told that 22 years ago. She elaborated,
“I remember after we taped the show, I had said to a person, ‘Why aren’t we on the last show?’ Because I know the last show was going to be the one with the ratings and the crying and all the stuff. I was under the impression that y’all got together and did not want me in the last show, for some reason I was going to take some shine or something to that effect.”
“That was really hurtful to me for a long time. To make it worse, people of color tend to look into things a little harder sometimes. So I had cousins calling me, saying, ‘How come you weren’t in the last episode? They just gave you that whole show so that you’d be distracted and wouldn’t be in the show with the real ratings?’ Several of my cousins, my family members were telling me this… I have honestly had that in my head for 20 years.”
Will Friedle was not happy about the claim and quickly interjected,
“Can we say for the record, Trina, that never happened. That’s not competitiveness, that’s sociopathy. This pisses me off. This is next level.”
Trina McGee kindly replied,
“I believe you. I can tell by your reactions. I have had that in my head for so long, and I’ve never watched that show. I’ve always felt like, ugh… That hurt me a long time.”
While Fishel and McGee remembered being pitted against each other, the men said that it wasn’t the same for them, rather they were manipulated.