For fans of Beverly Hills, 90210, one of the main reasons to watch CW’s 90210 was seeing some of the original actors. Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty), Donna Martin Silver (Tori Spelling), Jackie Taylor (Ann Gillespie), and the Peach Pit’s Nat Bussichio (Joe E. Tata) each stopped by for a few episodes.
Jennie Garth, who plays Kelly Taylor, was essentially a series regular in the first season of 90210 and many viewers got wrapped up in trying to guess who fathered her four-year-old son — Brandon (Jason Priestley) or Dylan (Luke Perry). Neither man were seen on-camera but Kelly did reunite with daddy Dylan off-screen.
Kelly has been helping to raise her half-sister, Erin (Jessica Stroup), and dealing with her alcoholic mother’s battle with breast cancer. Jackie Taylor lost her battle recently and mother and daughters were able to make amends before she passed.
While Garth has had plenty to do on 90210 in the past, don’t expect to see her when new episodes return on March 9th.
This weekend, Access Hollywood asked her about the news that Ryan O’Neil would be appearing on the show. Garth was surprised by the casting news and admitted that she’s actually done with the spin-off. She said, “I’m not really doing it anymore… [haven’t for] awhile.”
It’s unclear if Garth leaving the show was her choice or if it was made for her. The decision very well may have been an economic one. The ratings have been terrible and the producers are likely trying to cut costs in any way they can.
What do you think? Is it a big loss for the show or has Kelly’s time passed? Why do you think Garth left the show?
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