Back in 2014, Prince made an appearance on his favorite television show, FOX’s New Girl. During the episode, the Purple One joked about pancakes, ate pancakes, gave Zooey Deschanel relationship advice, and even debuted a brand new song. However, as Deschanel revealed to Conan last night, this incredible moment in television history almost didn’t come to pass.
The New Girl episode centered around a celebrity-packed house party and also featured cameos from models Alessandra Ambrosio and Ana Beatriz Barros as well as Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. As it turns out, members of the Kardashian clan were also supposed to appear in the episode, but their role got nixed after Prince threatened to walk out.
“I get there the day the Prince is supposed to arrive,” Deschanel recounted. “One of the PAs comes in and says, ‘I need all of the scripts.’ She takes mine from me and takes everyone else’s, and she takes everyone’s call sheets which say all the names and times things are happening. And I walk outside and she has a bonfire, and she’s burning all the scripts and call sheets.”
“It turns out someone from Prince’s camp said, ‘who are the celebrities?’ I hope it is not a Kardashian.”
While it’s unclear what exactly irked Prince, I’m going to guess it had something to do with the time Kim Kardashian stood him up on stage:
Watch Deschanel discuss Prince’s New Girl cameo: