More than 20 years after the show’s finale, the cast of Boy Meets World will always be family.
During this weekend’s 90s Con in Tampa, Fla. — which took place in compliance with certain SAG-AFTRA guidelines amid the ongoing union strikes — Danielle Fishel (who played Topanga Lawrence) explained “how important commitment is” in keeping up with her co-stars after previously opening up about the cast’s estrangement from Ben Savage.
“What I do love when I see all of us together over the 30 years we’ve all known each other, it really strikes me how important commitment is,” she said Saturday on a panel with her co-stars.
“Because over this many years and this much time together in different work atmospheres, you have fights, you have falling-outs, you have moments where you come back together,” she explained. “But because we are constantly put back together, there have been times we’ve needed space from each other, where we’ve taken long distances.”
“And yet, when you really commit to a relationship, you really commit to this idea that we are always going to be in each other’s lives, the amount of growth and grace and forgiveness and compassion and true knowing of each other that we now have, that we would never have had if we had just written each other off … that commitment to a relationship is something that I think is just a lesson for everybody,” added Fishel, without specifically naming Savage on the panel.
Fishel’s comment comes after she told Variety in June that Savage “ghosted” them in 2020. “He just kind of disappeared from our lives,” she said at the time, as Will Friedle noted there “was no animosity” nor “falling out.”
“I will always love Ben and want what’s best for him,” added Fishel at the time. “I don’t think this is the end of our story — but time will tell.”
Although Savage was not in attendance, Saturday’s panel reunited Fishel and her Pod Meets World podcast co-hosts Friedle (Eric Matthews) and Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter) with their former co-stars William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), his wife Bonnie Bartlett (Dean Bolander), Trina McGee (Angela Moore), Matthew Lawrence (Jack Hunter), Betsy Randle (Amy Matthews), Anthony Tyler Quinn (Jonathan Turner) and Lee Norris (Stuart Minkus).
Boy Meets World premiered on ABC in 1993 and ran for seven seasons, following young Cory Matthews (Savage) as he grows up and falls in love with Topanga.
From 2014 to 2017, Savage and Fishel starred in the Disney Channel spin-off Girl Meets World, following their pre-teen daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard).