What insight did we learn from Candy Spelling’s appearance on 20/20 last night? Well, other than the fact that she’s promoting a book, Stories from Candyland? Let’s see…she never felt like her “own person” as Aaron Spelling’s wife. She’s a hoarder. (Check out that self-beheading doll! “A little macabre,” she said. Um, ya think?) And my personal favorite: She’s buying a lot of toilet paper for all those bathrooms inside Spelling Manor.
Of course, she also talked about her strained relationship with her daughter Tori which, let’s face it, was the only reason most of us tuned in. According to conventional wisdom, the two have been feuding since Aaron Spelling’s death in 2006, when Candy decided to give Tori just $800,000 of the TV mogul’s estimated $500 million fortune. On 20/20, Candy didn’t do much to quell speculation about the row or, failing that, advance the debate. As my colleague Kate Ward noted in her preview of Candy’s book, Tori’s mama is a master at speaking out of both sides of her mouth when discussing the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star. She couldn’t help sneaking in a dig at her daughter’s supposed gold-digging: When Tori’s son Liam was born, “She certainly gave me the social security number.” Oh, snap! But then, with a “who, me?” guise of innocence, Candy quickly added that it’s not for her to divulge to the world what financial help she has or hasn’t given her daughter and grandchildren. (But, you know, since 20/20 was asking and all, yes, she has coughed up the dough. Or so she maintained last night.) She also went on to add that she has yet to meet Tori’s 9-month old daughter Stella; she can’t get Tori to pick up the phone when she calls; and she doesn’t even know where Tori lives. This last tidbit elicited a big ole dramatic “Candy. My goodness!” from 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas.
What do you think? Are you tired of these ladies airing their dirty laundry in public? Did anything Candy say last night change how you feel about the Spelling feud? And are we honestly to believe that Candy does not have the wherewithal to track down her daughter’s address?