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Alyssa Milano claims ‘Charmed’ has been tarnished by toxicity, addresses feud with co-stars

The demons of ‘Charmed’ have been ignited and brought to life once again when Alyssa Milano made an appearance at MegaCon Orlando on February 2. The latter expressed her sadness over the drama and toxicity that had been going on for decades.

Going over one of the most well-known rivalries in Hollywood involving the members of the long-running ‘Charmed’ television series, the show’s central theme was the “power of three” that brought the Halliwell sisters together, yet the conflict that goes on behind the scenes amongst its three main stars—Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, and Rose McGowan—is almost legendary.

Without going into too much detail, Milano might be viewed as the mid-circle of the Venn diagram because she conflicts with McGowan and Doherty, who did not appear together in the series.

In an interview with Collider’s Arezou Amin at MegaCon in Orlando, Milano spoke frankly about her past, present, and future relationship with Doherty and McGowan. Following an apology from the fan who had asked about the issue, Milano assured that she was more than happy to “just address the elephant in the room.”

“No, it’s okay because, you know, you’re all Charmed fans, so I knew that this was going to come up in one way or another, and I wanna be very thoughtful in how I respond to any of this. And I think we all know I’m talking about Shannen (Doherty’s) podcast, and Holly (Marie Combs) and Shannen doing it together, the things that Rose (McGowan) has said in the past,” Milano said.

“So I’m just gonna address it because I feel like if you can live with a certain amount of honesty and integrity, then you all deserve that. But I wanna be thoughtful because I don’t wanna add on to anyone else’s pain because I don’t think that’s cool either.” the actress continued.

Reunited with Holly Marie Combs from ‘Charmed’ in December, Doherty addressed long-running rumors about her departure from the series on her ‘Let’s Be Clear’ podcast, which centered around sister witches.

Milano, Combs, and Doherty were the main cast members of the series between 1998 to 2001. However, Doherty’s character was unexpectedly killed off and was replaced by Rose McGowan’s portrayal of a long-lost sister. The two claimed that Milano played a crucial role in Doherty’s departure and McGowan’s following replacement.

Milano went on to reflect on her time as Phoebe Halliwell and the good, awful, and ugly of what happened in between takes, expressing how sad she is about the circumstances.

“I will just say that I’m sad. And I don’t think it’s really that I’m sad for me or for my life or how it does or does not affect my life. I’m the most sad for the fans. I’m the most sad that a show that has meant so much to so many people has been tarnished by a toxicity that is still to this day, almost a quarter of a century later, still happening. And I’m sad that people can’t move past it. And I’m sad that we all can’t just celebrate the success of a show that meant so much to all of us,” she noted.

Now that ‘Charmed’ has been off the air for nearly two decades, Milano shared that it was unlikely that the entire cast would reunite on one stage, but she remains hopeful, saying that she hopes that she can try to fix whatever is going on as it is indeed heartbreaking.

Moreover, in an Instagram caption on February 3, Milano addressed Combs’ narrative and refuted that she had the power to get anyone fired. But when it came to the mediator, their stories coincided. According to Milano, the series’ producer and mediator looked into the allegations and suggested adjustments that should be made for the show to carry on.


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Although Milano did discuss her story at MegaCon and on social media, her Instagram post underlined how disappointed she is that the legacy of the series is still tarnished by prior feuds.

Despite everything, Milano thanked the people, especially the fans, who had to deal with the chaos and wished peace and light to Doherty, Combs, and McGowan.


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