Why did Shannen Doherty leave Beverly Hills, 90210?

Shannen Doherty was one of the cast members of memorable television show, Beverly Hills, 90210, and although her character was loved, she was not.

Shannon Doherty is beloved for her roles in Heathers, Charmed and Beverly Hills, 90210, but she was allegedly very difficult to work with. In 2000, producers and cast members reflected on Doherty’s 90210 exit during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Executive producer at the time, Charles Rosin stated that Doherty had a “cold” attitude about the show, which was reflected in the fact that she was always late. Adding, “She was clearly not very happy on this show anymore.” Doherty later agreed, stating, “There was definitely a time that I did not want to be there. I was very unhappy.” She explained that as a growing young teenager, it was just too much for her to have a camera in her face 24 hours a day.

In October 2015, Doherty’s co-star, Tori Spelling opened up during a one-hour Lifetime special called Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector. According to US Weekly, Spelling claimed that Jennie Garth and Doherty got into a physical altercation on set. She stated that the alleged “fistfight” had to be broken up by male castmates.

In response to the fight, Tori called her dad, Aaron Spelling, who was a film and television producer, and made him aware of Doherty’s alleged behaviour. Consequently, she was written out of the show. Spelling admitted that it was the right move to stop working with her professionally, even though she claimed Dorethy was one of her best friends.

Unfortunately, Doherty’s difficult reputation followed her well into her career. In May 2019, Variety reported that the showrunner and some of the writers quit the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot due to interference from two of the show’s lead actresses. Radar Online also reported that Doherty was constantly giving her opinion on the production and the writers. The outlet claimed that it took her a while to sign on for the project, as she had multiple questions before they even started shooting.

Most people were able to escape their teenage reputations, but Doherty still has not been able to get a clean slate many years later.