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Melissa Joan Hart Says She Was Nearly Fired From ‘Sabrina’ Over Racy Maxim Cowl

Melissa Joan Hart gained’t quickly neglect the 24 hours surrounding the New York premiere of her 1999 rom-com Drive Me Loopy. Whereas recording a latest episode of the Pod Meets World podcast, Hart was proven pictures from the occasion. “If you happen to take a look at my eyes [in the photo], I’d been crying all night,” she replied.

Let her clarify. That very same day, says Hart, she broke up along with her boyfriend on the time, discovered she had been fired from Scary Film, and was threatened with shedding her main position on Sabrina the Teenage Witch over a racy Maxim journal cowl. “My lawyer reveals up and goes, ‘You probably did a photograph shoot for Maxim journal?’” Hart recalled. “I’m like: ‘Sure, I did.’ They’re like, ‘Properly, you’re being sued and fired out of your present, so don’t speak to the press, don’t do something.’”

Hart then acquired “telephone name on my mobile phone from my mom, my producer, who was like, ‘What did you do?’ And I used to be like, ‘I don’t know, no matter my publicist instructed me to do on the photograph shoot. Like I did a photograph shoot for Maxim! It’s Maxim, in fact you’re gonna be in your underwear.’”

The primary supply of pressure, Hart defined, was brought on by the October concern’s cowl line, which learn, “Sabrina, your favourite witch and not using a sew.” The actor stated she was {accused} of violating her Archie Comics contract, which said Hart “would by no means play the character [Sabrina] bare.” However they “had no floor to face on” since “she had no management over what they wrote on the duvet,” Hart stated on the podcast, noting that she additionally wrote an apology letter. Her time as Sabrina on the hit ABC sequence would proceed by the present’s finish in 2003.

Stars of different ’90s and early-aughts teen reveals have equally fraught tales about scandalous photograph shoots. Whereas starring on faith-based sequence seventh Heaven in 2000, Jessica Biel posed for a risqué cowl of Gear, a now-defunct males’s journal. The images had been taken when Biel was solely 17 years previous, however revealed after she turned 18. In its cowl story, the publication requested Biel if the pictures would get her fired from seventh Heaven. Biel replied, “I hope so.” And on a 2018 episode of the Awards Chatter podcast, Biel stated she did certainly face ramifications on set. 

“I actually needed to apologize to [executive producer] Aaron Spelling. I believe my complete crew and solid had been, evidently, shocked,” Biel recalled. “The worst half was I had to return to work. The factor comes out and actually I had to return to work that subsequent morning. Everyone was… they didn’t know if they need to look me within the eye and I used to be only a mess.” Biel would half methods with the sequence in 2002, in season seven, earlier than making a couple of further appearances in seasons eight and ten.

Final yr, the celebrities of The CW’s One Tree Hill alleged that they had been coerced into posing for a 2006 Maxim cowl involving Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton Morgan, and Danneel Ackles. “I actually received instructed, ‘If you don’t go and shoot this cowl along with your co-stars, we’ll assure you that you’ll by no means be let loose for a press day, a film, an occasion, any of your charities. We’ll hold you right here perpetually,’” Bush stated on the solid’s Drama Queens recap podcast. Morgan stated she was instructed, “The studio desires to cancel your present. If you happen to don’t begin to generate some buzz and appeal to these male numbers, then we’re useless and all your pals are going to lose their jobs.”