Joe E. Tata, a long-time friend and mentor character actor on Dancing With the Stars, died on August 24. Now Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, and others have gathered for a special episode of 9021OMG to remember him.
Here's what the Dancing With the Stars alumni and their fellow 90210 co-stars said about what Tata meant to them:
Garth said that it feels like a family member has died.
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Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, Matthew Laurance, Lindsay Price, and Carol Potter were among the performers and directors for this special podcast episode. The Beverly Hills 90210 Show podcast is hosted by Michael Lange, who is also a producer and producer.
Garth said, when I heard the news, it felt as if a family member had died. Its not a real thing. It was definitely something that shook me a lot.
Garth said it's difficult to imagine him suffering from Alzheimer's in his later years, and Garth said she feels like Tata remembers all of them on some level.
Were we all connected on a deeper level because we spent so much time developing. Ill always know and I think he did at the end, Garth said, adding later when she spoke about losing actor Luke Perry, I get goosebumps talking about it now, as other people from that experience and world that we had passed away and moved on, and it makes a little emotional [choking up] sorry, guys, I f***ing hate death and I hate loss, but I do have to believe that we will all be
Brian Austin Green, an actor, joined the podcast in his grief over Tata.
Joey was around the entire time, and he was certainly a heart and soul in what we did. He was an inspiration and an escape for people who saw him, said Green. He had such a great energy to him and he radiated such love and joy that you couldnt help but smile when you saw him He and Luke [Perry] really set the tone for me of the type of life I wanted to live and the type of person I wanted to be.
Ian Ziering, a co-star and fellow Dancing With the Stars alum, was unable to make it to the interview, but he wrote a tribute to Tata on Instagram.
Joe E Tata was one of the greatest people I ever met, and he was as generous with his knowledge as he was with his kindness. The memories of days gone by and the incredible events that he was a part of would keep us all captivated. He was a leader, especially to us guys, in understanding how to appreciate the gift that 90210 was. Rest in peace, Joey.
Outside of the show, Jason Priestley had a great friendship with Tata.
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Priestley said on the podcast that he and Tata were good pals outside of the program, and that his loss has been really devastating.
Joey and I were great friends outside of work, which makes losing him very difficult for me, according to Priestley. He introduced me to a lot of peole and showed me around town in a way that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise.
He added that [Joe] was a great helper of his knowledge and his experiences, and I will forever be grateful to him for giving me tons of advice on how to deal with things at the same time.
Gabrielle Carteris recalled him as a man who was full of stories. Filled with expertise and history, he was a great generous guy.
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The guests also offered to make a donation to the Alzheimers Association in Tatas' name.