Over the weekend, Lifetime got us caught up with all the (unauthorized) juice that happened on set at Beverly Hills 90210. You can watch the whole movie here. My quick review of that show is that it was entertaining, expected, and moderately well cast. The girl who played Jennie Garth was her exact doppleganger, which was distractingly eery.
After the airing of The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story, Lifetime aired an “unprecedented” companion piece where they tested Tori Spelling (90210’s Donna Martin) on her truth telling with a lie detector. You can watch the entire episode of Tori Spelling: Celebrity Lie Detector here.
And they caught Tori Spelling in a couple of little bitty lies, like for example, she claims that she didn’t sell Jason Priestly’s wedding invitation at a yard sale for $5. The story was widely reported in 2014 that broke Tori Spelling had a yard sale and one of the offerings was her copy of the invitation to Jason Priestly’s wedding. Priestly was reportedly very upset that she had done so. During the Lie Detector special, Tori Spelling claimed that she never did that. However, the lie detector apparently disagreed leading Tori Spelling to throw producers of her reality show under the bus and claim that they had been the ones who snuck that piece of memorabilia into her yard sale. It sounds dramatic. It wasn’t.
In either case, the “lies” that Tori told, and frankly the “truths” that she told amounted to basically nothing, and here’s why. As viewers, we were left to rely on the word of the Lifetime Producers that a) she had been subjected to 8 hours of questioning while hooked to a lie detector (which was their claim at the outset) and b) that they were honest about the nature of her answers. During the special, we did not see Tori strapped to the lie detector. She was simply hurled questions by the (over enthusiastic) host, and asked to answer yes or no. Once she answered, the Voice of God would announce whether or not “the lie detector” results matched her answer.
So, in other words, when she was asked if her Lifetime reality show chronicling the hiccup in her marriage to Dean was real, she said yes, and the lie detector obviously confirmed that. Because it wouldn’t be in Lifetime’s best interest to reveal that the entire show was a sham. So, they went to the lengths to fake a dumb lie detector show to put those rumors to rest. At least, that’s my conspiracy theory. Nice try, Lifetime.