In response, Jeffrey tweeted: “I truly hope they find happiness elsewhere, and not in the form of putting down other WOC [women of colour]. I would be embarrassed to behave this way.”
McGowan has since responded to Jeffrey in an Instagram post, which reads: “Dear Sarah Jeffery, I honestly had no idea who you were til you tweeted. I have been too busy fighting monsters and fighting for a massive Cultural Reset to notice who's in the reboot.
“Absolutely nothing to do with race, that's quite a stretch you took. I'm beyond glad any WOC has a well paying job. Hell yes to that. I'm sure you are a great actress.”
The actor continued to explain why she took issue with the reboot of her 1998 series: “My quibble (Google it) is about execs and producers and @wb network trading on years of my work and name in such a cynical and obvious way."
She called the new remake “a money grab to cash in on the Charmed name” and said: “I do not care that they remade it, I have far bigger things I'm dealing with. I do not nor will I watch a show I disagree with on principle.”
Combs – who starred alongside McGowan in the original series with Alyssa Milano – also responded to Jeffrey’s comments, calling them “bulls***” in a tweet.
She added : “People speaking, excuse me typing, derogatory accusations of a person’s character despite evidence to the contrary because of a difference in opinions about a TV show is just plain wrong.”
The original Charmed series aired on WB from 1998 to 2006. The reboot, which also features Madeleine Mantock and Melonie Diaz, began in 2018.