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Sarah Michelle Gellar praises Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans on 25th anniversary of iconic show


Sarah Michelle Gellar paid homage to one of her most beloved on-screen characters in throwback snaps shared to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The 44-year-old actress was feeling nostalgic for the iconic program which debuted on this day in 1997 as she admitted it was the fans who truly kept the show alive through the years.

Gellar, who has since starred in a host of film and television roles, wrote that it was an ‘uphill battle’ keeping Buffy alive, but today was for celebrating the supernatural teen drama which first aired on The WB and concluded five years later in 2003. 

Back in the day: Sarah Michelle Gellar paid homage to one of her most beloved on-screen characters in throwback snaps shared to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Back in the day: Sarah Michelle Gellar paid homage to one of her most beloved on-screen characters in throwback snaps shared to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

’25 years ago today I had the honor to introduce the world to my version of Buffy Anne Summers. It was an uphill battle,’ she wrote. ‘A mid season replacement, on a new network based on a movie, that was by no means a giant success.’

The television show came nearly five years after the film of the same name, and was created under Joss Whedon’s company Mutant Enemy Productions. 

‘But then there was you,’ she added. ‘The fans. You believed in us. You made this happen. You are the reason 25 years later we are still celebrating. So today we celebrate you as well.’ 

She asked her millions of followers in one Instagram story: ‘What would Buffy do?’ with the hashtag #WWBD.

Action: The 44-year-old actress was feeling nostalgic for the iconic program which debuted on this day in 1997 as she admitted it was the fans who truly kept the show alive through the years

Action: The 44-year-old actress was feeling nostalgic for the iconic program which debuted on this day in 1997 as she admitted it was the fans who truly kept the show alive through the years

'25 years ago today I had the honor to introduce the world to my version of Buffy Anne Summers. It was an uphill battle,' she wrote. 'A mid season replacement, on a new network based on a movie, that was by no means a giant success'

’25 years ago today I had the honor to introduce the world to my version of Buffy Anne Summers. It was an uphill battle,’ she wrote. ‘A mid season replacement, on a new network based on a movie, that was by no means a giant success’

Nearly one year ago, the stars of the show banded together in support of their co-star, Charisma Carpenter, to condemn creator Joss Whedon after she branded him ‘toxic’ and ‘cruel.’

Charisma, who starred as Cordelia Chase on Buffy for three seasons, said Joss called her fat and fired her from the spin-off Angel she got pregnant in 2003.

Carpenter said she decided to speak out to show solidarity with actor Ray Fisher. Fisher last summer accused Whedon of ‘abuse’ and ‘unacceptable behavior’ while on the set, in 2017, of Justice League.

‘For nearly two decades I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day,’ Carpenter wrote. ‘Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. 

‘While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.’  

Carpenter starred in Buffy for three seasons and in the spin off, Angel

Carpenter claims Whedon would regularly make 'passive-aggressive' threats to fire her throughout the filming of the two shows, which she said 'wreaks havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem'

Carpenter (left, in 1999) claims Whedon would regularly make ‘passive-aggressive’ threats to fire her throughout the filming of the two shows, which she said ‘wreaks havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem’

Carpenter, who portrayed Cordelia Chase (second from right) in the drama series for three seasons, spoke out against Whedon in a Twitter post on Wednesday

Carpenter, who portrayed Cordelia Chase (second from right) in the drama series for three seasons, spoke out against Whedon in a Twitter post on Wednesday

Standing up to Whedon: Gellar appeared to validate Carpenter's claims in an Instagram post shared last year (pictured)

Standing up to Whedon: Gellar appeared to validate Carpenter’s claims in an Instagram post shared last year (pictured)

Not appropriate: Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy's younger sister Dawn on the show, reposted Gellars words and wrote a statement of her own

 Not appropriate: Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s younger sister Dawn on the show, reposted Gellars words and wrote a statement of her own

Sarah wrote at the time: ‘While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon. I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic right now, so I will not be making any further statements at this time.

‘But I stand with all survivors of abuse and of proud of them for speaking out.’ 

Michelle Trachtenberg claimed that Whedon was ‘not allowed in a room alone’ with her during filming.

When Whedon finally addressed the claims last month, he told Vulture he had no idea what she was talking about, but a source claimed an informal rule did exist, though it was possible Whedon was not aware of it.

Joss finally discussed the years of allegations and rumors – and admitted to having multiple affairs on the set of Buffy, insisting he was ‘powerless’ to resist, and said he was ashamed of his behavior.

He said he felt he ‘had’ to sleep with them, that he was ‘powerless’ to resist.

‘I’m not actually joking,’ he said, saying that he feared if he did not have sex with them he would ‘always regret it.’

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