Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris talk about the shocking death of their friend and former cast-mate.
At a premiere event for their upcoming "scripted, reality" series, the "BH90210" cast took a few moments to remember their late co-star, Luke Perry.
"Luke was a huge part of our '90210' family and personally Luke was a very large part of my life," said Jason Priestley. ""So it’s obviously very difficult to do this without him."
Ian Ziering echoed the challenges, while struggling even to articulate how he was feeling. "Yeah, you know, I’m still having trouble reconciling that," he said of Perry's death. "so I-- I don’t have an answer for you. It’s difficult. He was a good friend of mine."
The AP interviewer caught Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris together. "He's been with us every step of the way," Garth said, while the other two women could only nod when the microphone was put in front of them.
It must be a hugely uncomfortable way for this cast to be promoting what should have been a joyous and triumphant return to the franchise that made stars out of all of them. But it was on the day Fox announced the show's revival in February that Perry suffered a massive stroke.
A few days later, the "Riverdale" star would pass away at the age of 52. Perry portrayed Dylan McKay on the original series off-and-on from 1990 to 2000.
Fellow cast-member Brian Austin Green shared Perry's support of the "90210" revival on his podcast two weeks after the actor's death, including a desire to get involved if he could figure it out.
"We thought if the reboot's doing really well, he can come back, do a couple episodes and figure it out," Green shared with his audience. "It's a shame now that's not a possibility. That's so low on the totem pole, but it's a shame that for fans, they don't get that send off of Dylan McKay."
While Perry was not expected to participate in the summer series due to his commitments to "Riverdale," the show nevertheless is determined to find a way to honor his memory.
"BH90210" will be "inspired by [the cast's] real lives and relationships" and reportedly contain "a healthy dose of irreverence." The stars will play "heightened" versions of themselves, not their original characters.
"Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a 'Beverly Hills, 90210' reboot up and running," said Fox in a press release. "But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself. What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast … attempts to continue from where they left off?"
The six-episode "scripted, reality" show "BH90210" is set to premiere August 7 on Fox.
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