‘Boy Meets World’ star Danielle Fishel says her father and agent made her skip reading the table while negotiating a large ‘pay gap’ in her contract

Daniel Fishel

Danielle Fishel appeared in all seven seasons of Boy Meets World.David Livingston/FilmMagic; ABC

  • Danielle Fishel has spoken out about the “pay gap” between her and her male co-stars on “Boy Meets World.”

  • She said it continued after she made the series a regular, and her team advised her to skip the table reading.

  • She followed the team’s advice, which her father agreed with, but thought she would be fired.

On Monday’s episode of “Boy Meets World” Podcast “Pod Meets World,Danielle Fishel and her co-hosts Ryder Strong and Will Friedle said there was a large “pay gap” in Fishel’s contract when compared to her male co-stars, and that they had turned the table during negotiations to reduce the gap. We talked about how we skipped reading.

Host and guest Lauren Lapkus were talking Vissel appears on the show Throughout the hit TGIF sitcom’s early seasons, the mark around 21:00, Fishel referred to the pay gap that persisted “even after I became a regular on the series.”

“The excuse that was used was ‘Well, I didn’t know you were going to be on the show,'” she said.

Daniel Fischel in a black sweater and blue top.

Daniel Fischel in 2009.Amy Graves/WireImage

Fishel’s role as Topanga Lawrence in Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) final love interest and wifefirst a small guest star in Season 1, filmed when Fishel was around 12. Series creator Michael Jacobs and producers saw potential in the pairing and expanded Topanga’s role. and continued in Season 2, including more episodes in Season 1.

“By season two, you knew. But you didn’t.”

Fishel, now 41, said she and Strong had the same agent at the time, but an unnamed executive gave her and her team the same excuses until the end of Season 3.

Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle.

Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle.John Kopaloff/Getty Images

Friedl added that Fishel was paid significantly less, even when the show was “obviously building Cory and Topanga as things.”

Cory’s romance with Topanga technically began in her first episode titled “Cory’s Alternative Friends” when Topanga gave Cory his first kiss. has become at least as important as my friendship with (Strong).

“I had to threaten not to show up at the table I read” According to Fischel, I remember her team fighting for a fair reward.

Fishel said that his father and agent Judy Savage (unrelated to Fishel’s co-star Ben Savage) were on their side in negotiations with ABC or Disney (Fishel can’t remember which one). did). She “seriously considered not coming back” until she was “treated fairly.”

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel

Savage and Fishel in the 1998 “Boy Meets World” episode “The Graduate.”ABC Photo Archive/Disney Total Entertainment Content via Getty Images

fishel remembered sobbing to her team As a young teenager saying, “You’re going to lose this job because of me.” She said she was young and didn’t care as much about getting a fair pay as her father and Judy did.

“If they fire me because I didn’t show up at the table that was read out, I’ll never speak to my family again,” thought the mother of two.

However, she listened and said, “I didn’t show up.”

The topic of conversation quickly changed before the story ended, but Fishell continued to star as Topanga in every season of the show until it ended in 2000, so perhaps the contract dispute was going on in a satisfying way for her team. Resolved.

A new episode of “Pod Meets Word” airs every week.

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