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Why Sarah Michelle Gellar won't return as Buffy
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Why Sarah Michelle Gellar won't return as Buffy

Why Sarah Michelle Gellar won't return as Buffy
Photo: © ANP

Sarah Michelle Gellar says it wouldn't be appropriate for her to return in any Buffy reboot as the show is about the adolescence of the main character.

Buffy is one of the most beloved television shows of all time. Created by Joss Whedon and starring Gellar, the series received praise not only for the fantasy elements of the plot, but also for how it addressed adolescence and becoming an adult which is why fans are so fiercely supportive of it.

It ran for seven seasons between 1997 and 2003, though the canon of the show continued through various comic books. There has been constant talk of a Buffy revival, reboot, or continuation of the original series. But, Gellar won't be involved.

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“I am very proud of the show that we created and it doesn’t need to be done. We wrapped that up.” she told SFX Magazine.

"I am all for them continuing the story, because there’s the story of female empowerment. I love the way the show was left: ‘Every girl who has the power can have the power.’ It’s set up perfectly for someone else to have the power.

"The metaphors of Buffy were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent."

Joss Whedon's behaviour on Buffy

In 2020, a new light was shed on the production of Buffy, however, as allegations of abuse were made against Whedon by various stars of the show including Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia, and Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Dawn.

Carpenter alleged that Whedon created a "toxic" work environment and that he would regularly call her fat while she was pregnant with her child. She also claimed that her pregnancy and the birth of her child ultimately led to her dismissal from Angel, the Buffy spin-off series.

Trachtenberg, meanwhile, accused him of "not appropriate behaviour....very. Not. Appropriate."

At that time, Gellar stated her support for the bravery of her co-stars, though she would not detail any abuse suffered herself. Now, she has explained why she didn't speak out more at the time, and it was due to the trend of victim blaming on social media.

"Growing up in New York, I had a little bit of street sense going into it, which is helpful," she told The New York Times.

"But no, it was not easy. And I’ve had my fair share of experiences, I have just chosen not — I don’t win by telling my stories, emotionally, for me.

"I look at people that tell their stories, and I’m so impressed. But in this world where people get torn apart, and victim blaming and shaming, I just keep my stories in here.”

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