A tribute to the late Aaron Spelling, which was to be hosted by daughter Tori Spelling, will not air on ABC this fall as planned. The cancellation occurred because Spelling’s widow and Tori’s overbearing b!tch of a mother, Candy, nixed the project, People magazine reports.
Spelling, the prolific creator of shows like Love Boat, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty and Beverly Hills 90210, died June 23 at the age of 83.
His wife and daughter have maintained a highly strained relationship over the past few years, culminating in a highly-charged and public dispute over his $500M estate.
Perhaps appropriate for a woman who recently admitted her love for adult films, Tori was given the proverbial shaft by her mom regarding her inheritance.
Tori Spelling, best know for her role on Dad’s 90210, was to have served both as host and executive producer of the ABC tribute to her TV mogul father.
“All of his (Aaron’s) stars had signed on and some interviews had already been taped. But Candy wouldn’t release the clips of his shows because Tori was involved in the project. She had it killed,” a source said.
Candy Spelling’s representative, Kevin Sasaki, confirmed to People that she had talked to ABC about releasing the clips for the tribute, but denies that Candy stopped the show. Instead, he says, “she didn’t feel the timing was right, since the Emmys were doing a big tribute to her husband around the same time.”
Sasaki reiterated that rumors of Candy killing the project are false.
“She had nothing to do with this except that she was asked to release the clips and she didn’t think it was the right time, so she turned them down,” he said.
ABC, which was long been associated with Aaron Spelling’s shows, has issued no statement and will not comment on the Spelling special.
Candy has agreed to provide clips to rival network NBC for a tribute to Aaron on its August 27 Emmycast. She will attend the Emmy Awards with son Randy Spelling, while Tori has yet to be invited as part of the family.