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Tuesday 4th August 2020

Rose McGowan has a message for rival Shannen Doherty as she battles cancer

"We were the good ones".

Rose McGowan is trying to heal the rift with cancer sufferer Shannen Doherty after replacing her on TV series Charmed 15 years ago.

The actress took to Instagram and posted a cartoon drawing of herself and Shannen, who is fighting breast cancer, and blamed Hollywood for making them rivals.

In a message addressed to Shannen, 45, she wrote: “Dear @theshando Someone made this of us & I wanted to share it with you as it made me reflect.

"We have a funny history. As young women we were pitted against each other for society’s pleasure. The rules of Hollywood engagement brainwashed into us were truly vile.

"The men & brainwashed women in our business made it so we couldn't be friends, I regret that."

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Shannen left the series about sister witches after the third season in 2001, amidst reports of a fall-out with co-star Alyssa Milano.

She went on: “We were cast in this weird fake reality show where we were supposed to be enemies. I resented it greatly. I regret not being awake enough to articulate this to you at the time.

“Fear was drilled into me from day one in this town & you were the barometer by which my behaviour was judged.

"I was under a microscope, one false move and I’d be branded ‘difficult’ just like you. I think we all know what happens when girls here get out of line.

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“I wilfully remained enigmatic & un-engaged. The Bad Girl Shaming you received at the hands of the media was merciless.”

She added: “I had to prove I wasn’t as bad as you or I’d get the axe, too. But we were never the bad ones, it was them, the Beige Brained White Dudes in Charge.

"Well f*** them. Damn them for f***ing with our minds & careers just because their mysogynistic belief systems couldn't sanction two strong females in a traditionally subservient role-actress."

Shannen has nearly finished having chemotherapy

"I refused to give them the cat fight they so wanted. Shannen, we didn't know it yet, but we were the good ones.

"Two boss young women that scared the 'faux-liberals in provincial Hollywood, for that sin we got burned at the media stake, egged on by Hollywood who believe the press they start.

"There was a strongly inferred threat of me being blacklisted in tv as I'd been in film. Instead of understanding that we were a different breed, they tried to crush us, but they couldn't.

"I send you strength. ⚒#rosearmy #BRAVE #shannendoherty #typos4life".

Now that, is lovely.

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Rose replaced Shannen in Charmed

Rose was drafted in as a replacement lead actress, playing Paige after Shannen departed the show.

Shannen is now nearing the end of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, having undergone a single mastectomy.