“None of us are up here today without Shannen,” Perry, 50, said onstage after revealing his favorite couple on the show was Dylan and Brenda (played by himself and Doherty).
“She’s been through a lot. She’s not doing well right now but sometimes her contributions are minimized. She’s been thrown under the bus. I’ve been accused of driving it. But she’s a very big part of the success of this show. She taught me a lot. I’m glad she was my scene partner. She was great at what she did in the character with me.”
Doherty, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015 and has been documenting her journey on social media.
Jennie Garth, who played Kelly and has famously spoken about her rocky relationship with the actress in the past, also shared a touching tribute to her former co-star, taking to Instagram over the weekend she shared a photo of the words “Fight Like A Brenda”.
“To my soul sister @theshando strongest lady i've ever known. then and now. i used to be threatened by your spirit, now i'm in awe of it. you've taught me a lot about speaking my mind and not being afraid of my power. i'm so grateful that young me got to be friends with you. but especially "old" me! the best is yet to come on this crazy journey!! love you! #fightlikeagirl #fightlikebrenda #aries".