Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar confirms she won't be part of the reboot

Amy West
·2-min read
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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

From Digital Spy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar has confirmed she won't be a part of the upcoming reboot.

The actor, who played the titular Chosen One between 1997 and 2003, claimed that she is too "long in the tooth" to do justice to the role today.

"What worked for Buffy was that the monsters represented, they were a metaphor for the horrors of adolescence," Gellar told Saved by the Bell's Mario Lopez while appearing as a guest on his podcast recently.

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"I don't think it's me, I don't think I should be the one doing it," she said, before joking that she's "way too tired and cranky to put in that work again".

Rumours of a reboot have been circulating for years, with fans being told in 2018 that a new iteration would focus on a "new Slayer."

During the interview, Gellar refused to comment further on the allegations levelled at Buffy creator Joss Whedon by co-stars Amber Benson, who played Tara Maclay, and Cordelia Chase actor Charisma Carpenter – both of whom claimed the former showrunner created a "toxic work environment" on set.

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Photo credit: Channel 4

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"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," she wrote on Instagram when the accusations were made public earlier this month.

"I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic currently, so I will not be making any further statements at this time. But I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out."

Digital Spy has reached out to Whedon's representatives regarding the allegations, which he has not yet publicly commented on.

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