If you’re a Degrassi fan who’s watched Drake’s new “I’m Upset” music video, then you know there’s one major face missing from the big Degrassi: The Next Generation reunion: Ryan Cooley, who played J.T. Yorke for six seasons on the long-running Canadian teen soap before being killed off.
When the video dropped Wednesday evening, many fans immediately noticed that the lovable class clown was absent from the reunion — which even included Ephraim Ellis, whose character shot and paralyzed Drake’s character, Jimmy, along with one-time guest stars Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. One fan pointed out the omission in the comments of Drake’s Instagram post promoting the music video, and the Champagne Papi actually replied.
“I’m upset…Because you didn’t bring back JT” the fan commented, to which Drake replied, “He thought it was a scam.”
This being social media, it’s not clear if the “Worst Behavior” rapper was joking or not, but if he wasn’t, then this is one time when screening phone calls didn’t work out for the best.
However, Cooley wasn’t the only face missing from the get-together. Also absent were Daniel Clark and Mike Lobel, who played Sean Cameron and Jay Hoggart, respectively, on the series. Both spoke to Page Six and said no one from the video reached out to them about participating; Clark was especially disappointed about being left out.
“It sucks because it would have been great to see everybody,” Clark said. “The best part is the fans are getting what they want and that’s most important and everyone looks so happy, so that’s kind of the silver lining there. It looked like everyone was having a great time, but for me, it was kind of sad too, because we were all really like family.”
Lobel, who tweeted that he was “a little upset” Wednesday night, told Page Six, “Yeah I honestly don’t have much to say on it, I wasn’t invited to the shoot. I love Aubrey [Graham, Drake’s real name] and think he’s a great guy, everyone looked great in the video and I wish I could have been there to hang out with the crew.”
In case you need a rundown, here’s who ended up appearing in the “I’m Upset” music video: Shane Kippel, Nina Dobrev, Stacey Farber, Adamo Ruggiero, Lauren Collins, Jake Epstein, Christina Schmidt, Andrea Lewis, Melissa McIntyre, LinLyn Lue, Stefan Brogen, Jake Goldsbie, Marc Donato, Dalmar Abuzeid, A.J. Saudin, Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, Paula Brancati, Ellis, Mewes, and Smith.