‘Boy Meets World’ creator threatened to fire me

'Boy Meets World' creator threatened to fire me

Danielle Fishel has revealed that ‘Boy Meets World’ creator Michael Jacobs threatened to fire her on day one.

The actress – who played Topanga Lawrence on the show – recalled her first rehearsal on the most recent episode of his podcast, “Pod Meets World.”

Fishel, who described her 12-year-old self as “bubbly, fast-talking [and] brave,” said she found it “very difficult to speak slowly,” and that apparently annoyed Jacobs.

She said that at the end of rehearsals, Jacobs made some pretty harsh comments to her and even threatened to fire her.

She told her co-hosts and former castmates, Rider Strong and Will Friedle, “Michael starts off the notes by saying ‘Danielle, I’m going to give you all your notes at once at the end and I’m going to give notes to everyone now because if I made everyone sit here through all the notes I have for you, we’d all be here for hours and no one could go home.

Danielle Fisher, Rider Strong and Ben Savage on "The boy meets the world."
Fishel remembers staying up all night and asking her mother to teach her to speak more slowly.
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She continued, “From that moment on, I remember my eyes filling up because I was in front of everyone. All the producers, all the writers, all the actors and all eyes are on me for a second.

After looking through his notes, Jacobs, 67, told Fishel and his mother: “All I know is that if you don’t come back tomorrow doing this in a completely different way, you won’t be no more here.”

Danielle Jacobs on "The boy meets the world."
At 12, Danielle Fisher wasn’t ready for the harsh criticism from show creator Michael Jacobs.
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Fishel continued to stay up all night with her mother, who trained her to speak much more slowly. It apparently worked because the next day Jacobs clapped her back during rehearsals.

She told her co-hosts, “He stands up and all the writers stand up next to him and say, ‘Let’s give Danielle a round of applause. You did exactly what I asked, thank you. Congratulations, that was wonderful.’”

Fishel – who had actually come on to replace the original actress as Topanga – managed to score the part.

Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel and Will Friedle on a red carpet.
Fishel told the story to her podcast co-hosts and former co-stars, Rider Strong and Will Friedle.
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Commenting on the incident, Strong, 42, told her: ‘I can see it still affects you. As I can see just sitting here next to you, it still affects you.

David Trainer – who was the show’s producer and a guest star on the podcast – added: “To hear that you’re sweating I’m pissed.”

He also called Jacob’s behavior “abhorrent.”

Fishel was one of the main stars of “Boy Meets World” and appeared on the show throughout all seven seasons.

She also reprized her role as Topanga in the spin-off show “Girl Meets World,” which ran from 2014 to 2017.


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