It may have been a no-brainer to bring back the “90210” crew, but certain cast members had their own, special reasoning for jumping on board for the reboot. While the show isn’t the same without Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty felt she’d be doing him a disservice to not be involved.
Doherty revealed on Wednesday during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association press tour that she didn’t initially intend on being involved in the reboot. It was pretty simple for her.
“I definitely wasn’t going to do it,” she explained. “Nothing against the show, I knew it would get sold and do well without me. They didn’t need me. At that moment it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing.”
But with the passing of Luke Perry, Doherty had a change of heart. “When Luke passed away, things drastically changed for me, and I felt like it was a great opportunity to honor him,” she said. “I’m really glad I made that decision because now I get to sit up here with a lot of people that I respect and love.”
According to People, Doherty and Perry starred in the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” from 1990-1995. Perry then left the show and returned again from 1998 until 2000.
The stars drifted apart after filming ended and reconnected in 2015 when Doherty revealed her breast cancer diagnosis.
Upon hearing the news of his death, Doherty revealed to People, “I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind.”