‘Dawson’s Creek’: The Full Cast Wasn’t Invited to the Reunion; ‘It Was Done Behind Our Backs’

Though Dawson’s Creek premiered nearly 23 years ago, the show still boasts popularity today. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, new people are discovering the teen drama every day. Furthermore, diehard fans can watch the show on repeat until their heart’s content. Since the show has withstood the test of time, fans were positively gleeful when Entertainment Weekly reunited the cast for the 20-year reunion. But unfortunately, not everyone who played a pivotal role on the show was invited.

Dawson's Creek cast
James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Katie Holmes, Meredith Monroe, and Kerr Smith | Columbia/TriStar International Television

Entertainment Weekly claimed they’d bought together the cast of Dawson’s Creek to reminisce about the show and to discuss a possible reunion. Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, Mary Beth Peil, Kerr Smith, James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Meredith Monroe, and Busy Phillips who played Joey, Pacey, Grams, Jack, Dawson, Jen, Andie, and Audrey respectively, were all in attendance. However, two important cast members were deliberately left out.

Two main cast members were exluded from the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion

Fans will recall that Dawson Leery’s parents, Gail and Mitch Leery, were an essential part of the show. There were full storylines focused on their relationship and their love for their son. Portraying them were Mary Margret Humes, who was a part of the cast for all six seasons of Dawson’s Creek, and John Wesley Shipp Jr., who was around until his character was killed off in the fifth season of the show. But why were such essential cast members left out from the reunion? According to Humes, they didn’t receive an invite.

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“Okay, so let me get this off my chest as the initial hurt has subsided just a bit…I send an enormous amount of love and shout outs to the thousands of followers messages and ❤️’s that both @johnwesleyshippjr and I have read about being left out of @entertainmentweekly ‘s #dawsonscreek ‘reunion’ photos,” Humes wrote on Instagram, sharing photos of her and her TV husband. “This was their choice…not ours…it was done behind our backs and we both were literally blindsided by it when we woke up yesterday in NYC and LA…we both did a short telephone interview after the fact but were never told about the reunion.”

Mary Margret Humes was crushed that she never received an invite

Humes continued on to thank fans of Dawson’s Creek for their support. “For months I have been posting #behindthescenes photos to share my experiences of six years on this show…we were a #family & I know how much the photos mean to you from all the love you send me in comments…Yes, I do read them,” she wrote. “Having said that… I will continue to post because yes, I have so much more to share. For the portion of our family that did appear in these photos…congratulations…you look great and I love you…I only wish I had been given the opportunity to have said it to your faces. Such a shame 😔 #moretocome”

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Shipp also reacted to Entertainment Weekly’s snub by posting one of the reunion photos with himself and Humes photoshopped in. Naturally, fans of Dawson’s Creek were upset with the publication’s decision to exclude Shipp and Humes for the reunion and some even vowed not to purchase the magazine. It’s a shame that Entertainment Weekly didn’t extend the invitation to such important cast members. Perhaps another publication can get things right for the 25th anniversary in a couple of years.