Shannen Doherty has reentered the chat regarding her Charmed feud with Alyssa Milano. She read a prepared response to Milano while sitting between Charmed alums Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs on Sunday, February 4.
“A lot of things have been said, and a lot of them very hurtful,” Doherty, 52, explained to fans at MegaCon, a Florida fan convention, per social media footage. “I’m going to actually read something right now that I wrote last night for all of you.”
Reading from her phone, Doherty said, “Holly and I were not mean on the podcast, my podcast ‘Let’s Be Clear.’ In fact, we went in and edited out anything that we though would cause more drama. 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. At this point in my life, with my health diagnosis — sorry if I start crying — with fighting a horrific disease every day of my life, it is also incredibly important to me that the truth actually be told as opposed to the narrative that others put out there for me. We told it together. We told our truths, and we are standing by our truths.”
She was visibly emotional as she continued, directly responding to Milano’s recent claims. “There is no revisionist history happening in the truth that I know we told. There’s no brush flinging or shoe flinging. There is no lateness to set. There is no mediator for months on end,” Doherty stated. “I recall the facts as if I were still living in them. And what I will say is that what somebody else may call ‘drama’ is an actual trauma for me, that I have been living through it for an extremely long time. And it is only though my battle with cancer that I decided to address this trauma and be open and honest about it so that I can actually heal from a livelihood that was taken from me, a livelihood that was taken away from my family, because someone else wanted to be No. 1 on the call sheet. That is the truth.”
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McGowan, 50, echoed the sentiment that they’d long been quiet to allow fans to keep enjoying the show. “We’ve protected you for a long time,” McGowan said. “We’ve done it for as long as we could, and there’s a great great comedian named Katt Williams who has a wonderful, wonderful saying: ‘Winners do not let losers rewrite history.’”
Milano, 51, was also at MegaCon over the weekend, participating in a Who’s the Boss? panel on Saturday, but she did not reunite with Combs, McGowan and Doherty, who reunited for a Charmed panel on Sunday.
Doherty’s statement followed a series of cryptic Instagram posts that seemed to be hinting that she disagreed with Milano’s recollection. “#TheTruthMatters,” Doherty wrote via Instagram Story on Saturday, February 3, where the hashtag appeared on a plain, black background.
Several hours earlier, Milano took to Instagram to deny Doherty’s recent accusations that she was responsible for the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum getting fired from Charmed.
“I don’t know one other show that has had the success that Charmed had where the cast still speaks ill of the experience a quarter of a century later. This is 15 movies and 13 TV shows ago for me,” Milano wrote via Instagram on Saturday. “This was 11 years before my 15-year marriage and 13 years before having my first child. This was so long ago that any retelling of these stories from anyone is just revisionist history.”
She continued: “I will add, though, with absolute certainty — everything was documented. There was a professional mediator. … An on-set producer/babysitter who were both brought in to investigate all claims. It was then recommended by this mediator, after collecting testimony from cast AND crew — what changes should be made if the show was going to continue.”
Doherty and fellow Charmed star Holly Marie Combs previously claimed on a December 2023 episode of Doherty’s “Let’s Be Clear” podcast that Milano had allegedly refused to film Charmed season 4 with Doherty and issued an ultimatum that only one of them could stay on the show. Milano shut down the claims.
“I did not have the power to get anyone fired. Once Shannen left we had 5 more successful seasons and I am forever grateful,” Milano added. “As always, I wish Holly, Shannen and Rose [McGowan], peace and light in their personal and professional journeys. We all have bigger demons to fight.”
Doherty also seemingly reacted to Milano’s comments by reposting two cryptic quotes onto her Instagram Story.
“They tell u ‘I would neverrr [sic] do that to u’ & then they do it with a remix,” one anonymous quote read.
A second, meanwhile, called out narcissistic behavior. “Narcissists know how to charm the people around the victim, so they think the narcissist is a nice person,” the quote, attributed to Maria Consiglio, read. “So when the victim complains about the abuse no one believes them.”
Doherty did not confirm what she meant by sharing the posts.
Doherty, Milano and Combs, now 50, starred as the three Halliwell sisters on The WB’s Charmed upon its 1998 premiere. (Milano had replaced Lori Rom as youngest sibling Phoebe after the pilot.) Doherty only appeared on the first three seasons of the show about the coven of witches and her character was killed off in the season 3 finale. McGowan replaced Doherty the next season, playing long-lost half-sister Paige.