Zooey Deschanel visited Conan Monday to talk about the time Prince made a rare appearance on an episode of New Girl. The actress first explained how the Prince casting came together before revealing that the late rocker nixed a major cameo for the 2014 episode.
The episode centered around a party scene with models Alessandra Ambrosio and Ana Beatriz Barros and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw among those shown during the sequence. Absent from the episode, however, was an unspecified number of Kardashian family members, even though a few – including matriarch Kris Jenner and daughter Khloe – filmed cameos. Deschanel explained their absence was due to a request that came down from Prince’s camp.
Prince’s demands for a Kardashian-free episode were so serious that the crew gathered all evidence that the Keeping Up stars had been on set, including scripts and call sheets, and burned it all in an on-set bonfire.
“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 said.
Deschanel doesn’t explain why exactly Prince didn’t want the Kardashians invading his rare sitcom appearance, but it perhaps had something to do with the time he infamously kicked Kim Kardashian off his stage mid-song because she didn’t dance to his liking.Elton John calls Prince the “greatest performer I have ever seen” in a tribute to the deceased musician. Watch here.