Jennie Garth & Shannen Doherty: there was no fistfight & Tori exaggerated

Entertainment Weekly has a new cover story and interview with former feuding 90210 costars Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty, who are back on the new version of the series on The CW as their original characters as adults. Both Garth and Doherty say they had no problems working together despite their conflicts in the past and that they’ve grown up considerably. As for their on-set fights, they say that there wasn’t the fistfight that Tori Spelling detailed in her book sTori Telling, and Doherty adds that that Tori sold her out by portraying her so negatively in that book and that she would never do that to a coworker:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In Tori Spelling’s book sTORI Telling, she tells some pretty harsh stories about you, Shannen. Did you read the book?
DOHERTY: I will censor myself out of respect for Jennie because she’s friends with Tori. I got passages sent to me and a vast majority of it is incredibly exaggerated. Maybe it’s a difference of how I was raised. I just don’t believe you write personal on-set experiences in a book. For me, when you work it’s almost a sacred experience whether you get along with everyone or not. In 27 years of acting I’ve never sold out one of my cast members. Ever. And I will stick to that.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In the book it says you two got into a fistfight. That sounds very badass. But is it true?
JENNIE GARTH: A fistfight? That makes us sound so tough.
SHANNEN DOHERTY: I know. Like we were serious gangsters.
GARTH: I didn’t read the book either.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’re thanked in it.
GARTH: For what? I wonder what I did. I asked Tori if I needed to read it and she said no, I shouldn’t bother.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, but back to the fistfight: fact or fiction?
GARTH: I don’t think we ever hit each other.
DOHERTY: We had our moments.
GARTH: I just remember being outside and the boys having to try to settle us down.
DOHERTY: No, we never punched each other.
GARTH: Scratching? I’m not going to deny that.


The two say they’re pretty surprised at the racy direction the show is going in, and that it’s a departure from what they’re used to with the show. Both of them had input into their characters, though, and are pleased that they’ve matured and are in successful careers. One plot point they vetoed would have involved a love triangle between their characters fighting for a guy. Garth and Doherty say they’ve already done that and don’t think their characters would be in that place now:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There is a rumor that in this new 90210, Kelly and Brenda will be fighting over the slightly Dylan-esque bad-boy English teacher, Ryan Matthews. Are we really going to see Kelly and Brenda fight over another guy?
DOHERTY: I would not do that.
GARTH: People want that. They want that love triangle because that’s what they’re comfortable with with us. But it’s not happening.
DOHERTY: That was one of the things I was adamant about: Brenda Walsh would not fight for a guy anymore. There are bigger, more important things in her life. Besides, I encourage [Kelly] to date Ryan. I offer to babysit.
GARTH: All those people who wrote the ”I Hate Brenda” newsletter are going to get mad at me now, like ”Why are you leaving your child with Brenda?”
DOHERTY: Hopefully those people have grown up.
GARTH: I doubt it.


Doherty came off as mature but tough in this interview. She’s gone through a lot in her personal life, and says she didn’t really like her character Brenda Walsh and the way she behaved on the old 90210. Doherty acknowledges how much she owes her fans and says that she’s willing to play Brenda again and it’s a kind of thank you to her fans for her past success. “At some point it hit me that this is what the fans wanted. They put a roof over my head. They allow me to eat and to feed my dogs. The only reason I survive is because of them. If there’s one way to possibly say thank you, it is to go back and play a character that you never even liked yourself.”

Doherty likely needs the work too, and I wouldn’t guess that she has a lot of offers coming in. She did Charmed, Scare Tactics, North Shore, and Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty, but nothing really lasted for her.

The new 90210 will premiere on The CW network on September 2.

All photos credit Entertainment Weekly.

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  1. Sol says:

    Loved 90210 and loved dylan and kelly!!
    Jennie garth has such a different lifestyle compared to shannen doherty.I believe shannen just couldn’t handle being in the spotlight hopefully she is more mature and just takes it easy and tries to enjoy this new chance at being back.

  2. Jess Doherty says:

    Love that Shannen!

  3. Blackalicious says:

    Jennie looks WAY better now. She doesn;t have that dated makeup either.
    Shannen I always thought was cool at least she does her own thing. Not sure how old she is- did she have a kid at some point?

  4. Mairead says:

    Hmm – frankly the lighting and styling in the still and photoshoot aren’t at all flattering. They’ve made two gorgeous women look bet-down. 😐

  5. Kaiser says:

    I hated the Kelli character, but I adore Jennie Garth, Peter Facinnelli, and their brood of Jennie Mini-Me’s.

    Did anyone else crack up at this: “Maybe it’s a difference of how I was raised. I just don’t believe you write personal on-set experiences in a book.”

    Is that, like, the extent of Shannon’s childhood lessons?

  6. Skank Basher says:

    I think Shannen has taken a lot of guff in her life simply for being honest, speaking up, and being as tough on others as she probably is on herself. She’s doubtless matured since the 90210 days. I think she’s got the potential to take a really meaty character and run with it. Maybe “central casting” should consider the possibility. She’s never really had a decent character to tackle, as far as I can see. Good Luck, Shannen! 😉

  7. pebbles says:

    looks like that cover shoot photo-shopped Garth to death, unless she’s REALLLLLY sucking in her cheeks?

  8. CiCi says:

    I loved 90210 and I can’t wait for the new show. I hope this is the new “OC.” In the OC the young characters’ story lines were equally compelling as the parents’ story lines. I hope this show is a success!

  9. vdantev says:

    People who watch this drivel should experience horrifying life-altering tragedies that scar them for good.



  10. beans says:

    i grew up watching this show and i remember a few years ago how borderline obsessed i was with taping it daily and watching it every night after work. i would even get so pissed if anything interfered with my recording schedule. love watching it and looking for any indication of strife on set between the two. they played it off pretty well, seeing how neither is really an exceptionally good actress. love the episode where kelly tries to steal brenda’s part in the college play. you can really see the hate in their eyes. i’m glad they’re reuniting, even though i think this show is going to blow.

  11. kate says:

    not interested in the show (it could never top the original anyway) but i do like shannen. i think she’s a talented actress but also a badass who doesn’t take any crap. i wish she would get into a fight with avril lavigne!

  12. Judy says:

    These 2 would play anything right now lol They are both totally washed up as actresses. I am not a Torri fan but those other 2 were always late, hung over and held up production who are they to slam Torri lol..This show is a has been too.

  13. ines; says:

    move over Jennie, bitch is back.

  14. IHATEKELLY says:

    Kelly is and always will be a slut!!! LOL watching the original 90210 and she getting pissed cause a guy won’t nail her! Hello slut in heat!!! Brenda’s always gonna be Dylan;s true love!


    I hate Garth period. She’s the most talentless one, but she’s getting all the looks, and all the plastic surgery.

    See how she takes digs at Doherty bringing up the I hate shannon newsletter, she’s a scumbag.

    The one with the talent is Doherty, and that is why they tried to get rid of her. They can’t stand next to her without her coming out on top no matter what they do.