‘BH90210’: Tori Spelling Shuts Down Rumors That’s She’s Broke and Can’t Pay Her Bills

Tori Spelling wants you to know that she can pay her bills, thank you very much. The actress shut down rumors that she and her husband Dean McDermott are broke during an awkward conversation with Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto on Tuesday.

Spelling and Jennie Garth joined Scotto to chat about BH90210, the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot that premieres Wednesday on Fox. In the show, Spelling, Garth, and other original cast members play fictionalized versions of themselves who reunite for a reboot of their hit show. 

“It’s a fully scripted, fictionalized show about characters that play the characters on the original show,” Garth explained. 

‘BH90210’ incorporates details from the actors’ real lives 

While BH90210 is fiction, the series will incorporate details from the cast members’ real lives. That includes references to Spelling’s much-discussed financial woes. The 46-year-old actress reportedly owes $220,000 to City National Bank, which has filed a lawsuit against her and McDermott in an attempt to collect. The couple also owes American Express more than $88,000. In 2017, the IRS drained their bank accounts because of unpaid taxes.

Rather than ignore the elephant in the room, Spelling, who is also a producer on the show, decided to address it directly. 

“That was a decision I made and we made together to put that in there,” Spelling said. “That’s such speculation, media loves to talk about it, so we were like, ‘Let’s face it straight on. Let’s put it in there.’” 

In BH90210, Spelling’s character is a broke mom of six whose financial struggles are the catalyst for the reboot. 

Spelling is sensitive about her finances

Tori Spelling
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While Spelling opted to tackle the topic of her personal finances in the show, she got testy when Scotto pointed out that “it’s got to hit a little close to home when you start talking about financial problems.”

Scotto then asked if Spelling was able to pay her bills, to which the actress replied, “Am I able to pay my bills? Yeah, thank you. I am.”

When Scotto pointed out that doing the show would help put some money in Spelling’s pocket, the actress shot Garth a look. Garth then said, “interesting,” while Spelling said, “We’re going to write this onto the show.”

Scotto defended her questions 

After the show aired, Scotto admitted that the exchange between her and Spelling was tense. 

“It was definitely awkward and I didn’t mean it to be awkward,” she said in a post-show video on Facebook. But the anchor defended her decision to question Spelling about her finances since it’s a subject of the show. 

“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,” Scotto said. 

Co-host Lori Stokes added that Spelling told Scotto that her questions were “inappropriate.” 

Spelling says she doesn’t want to join the ‘Real Housewives’ 

Scotto also quizzed Spelling about the rumors that she wanted to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But Spelling was quick to shut down that idea. 

“That was a joke,” she said, laughing. “We were kidding because I’ve never been asked and I grew up in Beverly Hills and we just thought it was funny.” She added that she didn’t know if she’d join the show if she was ever asked. 

BH90210 premieres Wednesday, August 7, at 9/8c on Fox.