After an explosive interview by former Charmed producer Krista Vernoff, stars Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs have rushed in to defend the original supernatural series. The two Charmed stars came in to defend the series after Vernoff called the series “bad for the world” because of how the studios sexually objectified the cast to attract more viewership.
Former Charmed producer calls show “bad for the world”
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Vernoff who is a former writer and producer of the CW series, revealed how she came close to quitting the show after season 5. This was because the network executives began pushing her for finding more ways to get Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan “naked” in every weekly episode. Vernoff said:
I signed on because Charmed was a girl-power show, and about halfway through there was an episode where Alyssa Milano comes out in mermaid pasties and there was a huge spike in male viewership. Then every episode after, the question would come from the network, ‘How are we getting the girls naked this week?’Vernoff told THR
Milano, Combs, and McGowan played the roles of Phoebe, Piper, and Page Halliwell sisters in the show. Many times, their costumes were quite revealing. But, doing that continuously on the orders of the network was getting difficult for Vernoff, as she told THR:
And they were throwing money at me, and the number keeps going up, and there’s all this pressure, and all I can think is, I’m creating something that’s now bad for the world, and I’ve had enough bad for the world in my life.Vernoff continued
Alyssa Milano & Holly Marie Combs defend Charmed
Of course, these quotations made massive headlines. And as they went viral, Milano and Combs defended Charmed on Twitter vehemently. Milano tweeted:
Well, this absolutely broke my heart. I hope we didn’t make something that was ‘bad for the world’ for eight years. I think we gave permission to a generation of women to be themselves and to be strong and own their sexuality. I’m so proud of what this show meant to so many.Milano’s tweet
Furthermore, Holly Marie Combs joined in the conversion as well, defending Charmed with Milano as she responded:
I can attest 1000% Charmed was not bad for the world. The reasons and people are too long to list. Maybe it was bad for Krista’s world at the time. End story.
And the fact that we can still stand up for ourselves and the show and the people who loved it proves this. I never cared what producer or network exec wanted us more naked for their $. And still don’t. We knew how to rally against it and found our own power. And still do. #Facts.Tweets by Holly Marie Combs
Vernoff tried to clarify her statement
However, before Combs’s and Milano’s tweets, Vernoff did tweet a clarification of her comments. She said:
I do not believe that the show was bad for the world. I felt that the objectifying notes were bad for the world—and demoralizing for me. All love to Charmed.Krista Vernoff’s tweet
However, Combs did have a response to Vernoff, as she replied underneath her tweet:
You had the power to change that. And fortunately still do now. #Rebel.Combs’s response to Krista Vernoff
And so, this was how Charmed stars Alyssa Milano and her co-star Holly Marie Combs came in to defend the iconic CW show. They even had a minor feud with the former executive, pointing out how she could have played a bigger role in preventing their sexual objectification from happening. What do you guys think of this feud? Let us know in the comments below.