Trina McGee revealed why her character, Angela Moore on the ‘90s sitcom Boy Meets World, didn’t appear on the series finale.
“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,” McGee said on the podcast Pod Meets World with her former cast members.
McGee didn’t identify the individuals who allegedly didn’t want her around, but she added more details.
“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,” she explained.
The actress, who's Black, recalled being disappointed that her character was not going to be on the last episode because it was expected to receive high ratings and be an emotional conclusion to the popular show.
“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,” McGee stated, adding, “that was really hurtful to me for a long time.”
The podcast’s co-hosts Rider Strong, who played McGee's boyfriend Shawn Hunter on the show, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle were shocked and appalled by McGhee’s claims and felt awful about what she was told, according to Variety.
“Can we say for the record, Trina, that never happened. That’s not competitiveness, that’s sociology. This pisses me off,” Friedle responded.
On the podcast, McGee also talked about the racism she experienced on the show, including being told to “turn down” her Blackness, Insider reports.
“On Boy Meets World, my Black meter was probably down to about two,” she said. However, it skyrocketed to “about a nine” on the “Angela’s Ashes episode.” She said that prompted Jacobs to tell her to “just turn down the Telma Hopkins about eight notches,” referring to the “Family Matters” sitcom star.
Before landing a role on the show, McGee appeared on several sitcoms, including Martin, A Different World, and Family Matters.
McGee has been outspoken about her experience on the show. In 2020, McGee tweeted that she was “called aunt Jemima on set during hair and make-up. Called a bitter bitch when I quietly waited for my scene to finish rehearsing that was being f’ed up over and over due to episode featuring my character. Told ‘it was nice of you to join us’ like a stranger after 60 episodes.”