Conan O'Brien Once Wrote a 'Simpsons' Script That Prince Nixed
"Possibly another objection Prince had to the script," showrunner Al Jean says, when displaying some of the material.
In the days following the untimely death of Prince, an interesting piece of TV history came to light.
It seems that now talk-show host, then Simpsons writer Conan O’Brien wrote a script in the early days of the animated show which was meant to star Prince.
The series, which first aired in December 1989, hit gold when Michael Jackson agreed to be on an episode — 1991's “Stark Raving Dad." Jackson voiced a mental patient, Leon Kompowsky, who claimed he was the King of Pop. The episode is considered by most critics to be one of the all-time bests.
Showrunner Al Jean confirmed on Twitter recently that the script for the Prince episode was written by O'Brien and that it revolved around the Leon character once again, but this time, he would claim he was Prince.
Prince was asked to voice the character, but declined over objections to the material.
Jean then delighted fans when he posted excerpts from the Prince script to Twitter.
At one point in the script, Lisa is trying to get tickets to see Prince in concert. A spider is also involved, but it's presence is unclear out of context.
In a different scene Jean shared, Prince's character talks to Marge's sister, Selma. In their exchange, some of Prince's works are poked fun at by the characters. Jean speculated that the back-and-forth between the two probably did not go over well with Prince.
See the excerpts below: