Zooey Deschanel has discussed how Prince ended up appearing in an episode of her sitcom New Girl and how he stipulated that he would only appear in the show if the Kardashians didn’t.
The late music icon made a cameo in episode 14 of the show’s third season in 2014 and his appearance saw US audience numbers jump from an average of between 3 and 4 million to a one-off figure of over 26 million.
Actress Deschanel appeared on US talk show Conan on Monday night (May 9) when she explained how the Prince cameo came to be. “I got an email from [Prince’s] manager saying that he liked watching the show and wanted to come on [it],” she said. “It was surprising because I wouldn’t have pegged him as a New Girl fan… It was a huge compliment, I was floored.”
Deschanel went on to reveal how Prince listed specific demands for the episode, including that there must be no stars of reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. At least two members of the celebrity family had been booked for the episode, Deschanel says.
“It turns out that someone from Prince’s camp said ‘Who are the celebrities? I hope it’s not a Kardashian’. It’s really sad because Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner had very kindly come in and shot [a] scene… I felt so bad because obviously everyone had gone out of their way to be there on that day, but Prince was running the show”.
Deschanel describes how members of the crew gathered all the scripts and evidence that the Kardashians were due to appear and burned them in a bonfire before Prince arrived.
This wasn’t the first time that Prince was involved in an encounter with a Kardashian, having kicked Kim Kardashian off the stage during a gig in 2011.
Watch Deschanel discussing Prince’s cameo on Conan beneath.