In the reboot of her famous '90s teen drama, "Beverly Hills 90210," Spelling plays an exaggerated version of herself, one who struggles to pay her bills.
On Monday, while appearing on "Good Day New York" on Fox 5 in New York City, host Rosanna Scotto used this plot point as an opportunity to probe into Spelling's real life affairs. "Tori, it's got to hit a little close to home when they start talking about financial problems, right?" she asked.
Spelling attempted to answer and quickly move on from it. "That was a choice that I made and we made together to put that in there," she said before looking at co-guest and co-star Jennie Garth for reassurance. "That's such speculation and the media loves to talk about it. So we were like, 'let's face them straight on and let's put it in there.'"
However, Spelling's answer wasn't good enough for the host who followed up her response by bluntly asking, "Are you able to pay your bills?"
"Am I able to pay my bills? Yeah, thank you. I am," Spelling shot back.
At the end of the interview, Scotto apologized for her questions, telling Tori, "We do wish you the best. I'm sorry if I offended you by asking about your finances." Spelling responded that she has "pretty thick skin" and even joked, "We're going to write this into the show, so thank you for giving us new material."
Following the interview, "Good Day New York" posted an after-show to Facebook, where Scotto addressed the exchange between her and Spelling. She said she thought her questions would be an opportunity for Tori to clear up rumors, but it didn't play out that way.
"It was definitely awkward," she said. "I didn't mean it to be awkward. They are putting on a show where it's a mockumentary and it brings up their problems — they're real-life problems. And Tori has had — for years now, since her mother cut her out of the will — there's been so many stories about her not having any money. I tried to see if she wanted to dispel the rumors, but she got very upset. The bottom line was maybe we know too much. We know she recently sent a text to somebody saying she didn't have money to pay for her kids for food."
This incited a laugh from co-host, Lori Stokes, who shared her own thoughts on what she believed Spelling's expectations were for the interview. "What she thought by coming on a station on Fox — the show's gonna air tomorrow night — that it should be women supporting women," she said, still laughing.
"She [said], 'I didn't expect this from somebody from Fox,'" Scotto remarked.
The financial questions come after years of bad buzz surrounding Spelling's finances and alleged mismanagement of the $800,000 she inherited from her father, the late Aaron Spelling.
In 2014, Spelling's mother, Candy Spelling, told the New York Times that after Spelling received her inheritance, she went on massive spending sprees. "She would close a store and drop $50,000 to $60,000," she claimed. "I never did anything like that. She just went crazy."
In the years since her '90s fame playing Donna Martin on "Beverly Hills 90210," Spelling has kept semi-regular paychecks coming in, thanks to a stream of reality shows with Dean McDermott and by the ABC Family show "Mystery Girls," in which she starred. She was also a contestant on "The Masked Singer."