“No one should have to lie about their own life for the comfort of another," shared the 'Charmed' actress
Holly Marie Combs is speaking out after Alyssa Milano denied she got former Charmed costar Shannen Doherty fired from the series.
In a new Instagram video, made of screenshots of Combs’ statement, the actress said she was “disappointed” in her former costar, Milano, 51.
“I feel the need to defend myself after the many continuing attacks that have ensued since Alyssa stepped out on the stage and essentially called Shannen and I liars when she was simply asked what it was like to work with Rose McGowan,” began Combs, 50.
In her statement on Monday, Combs reaffirmed that their recollection is “not revisionist history,” which Milano previously referred to their versions as.
“This is just the history Milano didn't want people to know about it. And the history Shannen wasn't ready to talk about until one month ago,” wrote Combs. “No one should have to lie about their own life for the comfort of another.”
Combs said she has “long wanted the girls to just get along for the sake of something bigger than all of them combined,” adding, “It was not in the cards. Clearly.” Combs confessed that after Charmed, she told her costars “to lay off each other.”
The actress explained how “ironic” it was that Milano claimed she did not “have the power to fire anyone" when “This was actually all about power."
“Let me explain what she did have the power to do," Combs wrote. "She had the power to stop the process at any time. She had the power to not talk to the mediator/therapist brought on to protect profits.”
“And when producers said ok we will let Shannen go Alyssa also had the power to say no I don't want that. But she did not. She had the power to say no just as Shannen had said no I don't want you to replace Alyssa when posed with the same option. Because she was a child actor who supported a family just as Alyssa does and understood the great importance and responsibility of that,” shared Combs. “Even now this pains me to write. It was heartbreaking then and still now.”
Combs speculated that producers “knew it was easier” to keep the three women “divided as opposed to united." She speculated, -
“3 broken pieces were easier to manipulate than one united front. Which would have been more costly and cut into their precious profit margin.”
She concluded the post and declared that “in the end, it all worked out as destiny would have it.”
“Charmed was made for all of you and lastly the truth of the matter is we all are, despite our differences, incredibly grateful for this dysfunctional family in every way,” she concluded.
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During aWho’s the Boss?panel at MegaCon Orlandoon Friday, Milano said the claims she was involved in Doherty's firing made her "sad." The next day, Milano expanded in an Instagram post, in which she wrote that she "did not have the power to get anyone fired" and that "the studio, Aaron Spelling, and network made the decision to protect the international hit that was Charmed."
"I’m sad that people can’t move past it," Milano said on Friday. "I’m sad that we all can’t just celebrate the success of a show that meant so much to all of us.”
Combs’ statement follows her, Doherty and Rose McGowan's appearance at MegaCon Orlando.
On Sunday, Combs, Doherty and McGowan appeared at the same convention for a Charmed panel, where Doherty tearfully asserted she was telling her truth about the situation.
Doherty then read out notes she had prepared the previous night, “We simply told the truth because the truth actually does matter. But we wanted to try to save you, the fans, from heartbreak as much as humanly possible."
“We told it together, we told our truths and we are standing by our truths,” Doherty added of her and Combs’ claims. “There is no revisionist history happening in the truth that I know we told... There is no lateness to set, there is no mediator for months on end. I recall the facts as if I was still living in them.”
She added that “what somebody else may call drama, is an actual trauma for me that I have lived with for an extremely long time” as she became emotional again.