Prince Turned Down a Cameo on a 'Simpsons' Episode Written by Conan O'Brien
Published Apr 25, 2016Last week, rock legend Prince passed away at the age of 57. Since then, the artist has been remembered with numerous fascinating tributes and anecdotes. Adding to the pile is the story of Prince's rejected Simpsons cameo.
Turns out the Purple One didn't really want to hang out with the Yellow Ones — long-time showrunner Al Jean took to Twitter to share excerpts from an episode that Prince turned down.
The episode was written by Conan O'Brien, and was meant to be a sequel to "Stark Raving Dad" — the one where Michael Jackson voiced Leon Kompowsky, a man who believed he was MJ. This time around, Kompowsky was set to be voiced by Prince.
Of course, The Simpsons did end up animating Prince on their show — in a "Treehouse of Horror" episode from 2008, Homer murders the artist with his own guitar. In fact, there are even some conspiracy theorists claiming that the show predicted Prince's "illuminati sacrifice."
But let's forget about all that. You can read excerpts from the lost (and much less gruesome) Prince episode below.
.@TheSimpsons page from unproduced Prince script thank you Jacqueline Atkins for finding! pic.twitter.com/GvYaJKXxgD— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 23, 2016
.@TheSimpsons possibly another objection Prince had to the script... pic.twitter.com/OgRxlZ5EKJ— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 23, 2016
.@TheSimpsons Tonight fland canyon written by Burns directed by Polcino canyon by God. Here's one more prince page pic.twitter.com/eBMQR44LEq— Al Jean (@AlJean) April 24, 2016