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  • Originally, SNL was going to have Albert Brooks as a permanent host, but NBC and the SNL show creators (Lorne Michaels, Michael O'Donoghue, and Dick Ebersol) didn't want SNL to be like Laugh-In (which Lorne wrote for before creating SNL), so they opted for booking different celebrities each week. Also, the first episode was supposed to have Billy Crystal as a guest performer. Crystal would later go on to host SNL twice and become a cast member for one season (Season 10/ 1984-1985).
  • Seasons 6, 11, and 20 were all slated to be the final seasons for the show due to how disastrous they were and how much they were hated by fans and critics for being weak and humorless (11 and 20 especially, since people complained that Lorne Michaels has lost his touch and Saturday Night Live has gone bad because it's not like the 1970s episodes most fans remember). All three of these seasons were saved from the chopping block by cast and crew overhauls and, for better or worse, SNL is still on the air.
  • Andy Kaufman's special guest appearances warrant some examples:
    • The Christmas-themed Mr. Bill Show short was intended for the Season 5 Christmas show (1979) but cut when Kaufman's "championship" wrestling match with a woman ran significantly longer than planned. Not only did the short wait a whole year to finally air, but Lorne Michaels was so angry with Kaufman over this that he didn't ask him back for the remainder of the season; Kaufman wouldn't appear on SNL again until January 1982, midway through Season 7. The Mr. Bill Christmas short ended up airing on the season six Christmas episode hosted by David Carradine.
    • That November, Kaufman was permanently barred from further appearances after a viewer phone-in poll in Season 8's Drew Barrymore/Squeeze episode. Kaufman was behind the idea of the poll and willing to follow it through, but the fallout from this was so damaging to his career that (at the behest of Kaufman's agent George Shapiro) the producers considered trying to get him back on the show; the plan that got the furthest was having him appear for several weeks as a background character (specifically, an African-American cleaning lady!) and then having him break character to reveal his comeback. But the producers were afraid that viewers who voted him off would object to the promise being broken — there had already been complaints over an ad Kaufman made asking for reinstatement being screened in a "Weekend Update" segment. In 1983, guest host Joan Rivers convinced them to bring him back as part of her episode, but he had a prior commitment to the Broadway play Teaneck Tanzi and couldn't participate; his death in 1984 meant that he never did properly return to the show.
    • According to friend/collaborator Bob Zmuda, it was Kaufman who convinced producer Dick Ebersol to give Eddie Murphy's Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight take on Gumby a chance when the original skit risked being cut over concerns that the audience wouldn't remember the little clay guy.
  • In April 1976, during the first season, Lorne Michaels offers The Beatles a ridiculously low sum of $3000.00 to reunite and perform on the show. Unknown to him, Paul McCartney was in town visiting with John Lennon, both of them saw that skit, and the two of them seriously considered racing down to the studio for an impromptu appearance. They ended up not going because they were just "too tired."
  • Some people were scheduled to be the host or musical guest, but were unable to appear for whatever reason. In some cases, they would never get to host/perform before their death. Some examples:
    • The Sex Pistols were supposed to be the musical guest for the December 17, 1977 episode, but they couldn't get a Visa. The musical guest that episode was Elvis Costello, who wound up getting banned for performing "Radio Radio" when he wasn't supposed to.
    • The overhaul of Season 6, following Jean Doumanian's disastrous tenure, led to the March 14, 1981 episode (with Robert Guillaume/Ian Dury and The Blockheads) being cancelled. Guillaume would eventually host in Season 8, but Dury never appeared and died in 2000.
    • A writer's strike cancelled the April 18, 1981 episode (with Al Franken and Tom Davis/The Grateful Dead).
    • Nick Nolte was planned to host the December 11, 1982 episode, but Eddie Murphy took over after he fell ill from a hangover. This decision is what confirmed many people's belief that Eddie Murphy (who was in the cast at the time, making him the first and, so far, only cast member to host without actually leaving the cast) was overshadowing everyone else on the show. Even Joe Piscopo (who was just as overexposed as Murphy was) agreed, and Steve Martin himself came on during the goodnights to call Murphy out on what he did and complain that he wasn't chosen as a substitute host.
    • Bill Murray was set to host the November 17, 1984 episode, but pulled out for unknown reasons and Ed Asner took over.
    • Gilda Radner was set to host in 1988 during the show's thirteenth season, but the season ended early due to a writers' strike. Radner would later die of ovarian cancer the following year, before ever having hosted. If she had hosted, she would have been the first female cast member to do so, an honor that would eventually go to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who first hosted in 2006, eighteen years later!
    • Sinéad O'Connor cancelled her appearance as musical guest during Season 15 in 1990 because Andrew "Dice" Clay was the episode's host. O'Connor eventually appeared later in the year during the Season 16 premiere, as well as during Season 18 in 1992, the latter being her infamous appearance where she tore up the Pope's picture.
    • Joe Pesci was scheduled to host during Season 17 in 1992, but was unable to because he was busy filming Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He was replaced by Tom Hanks. Pesci eventually hosted later in the year during Season 18.
    • Gary Oldman was scheduled to host in 1992, but was replaced by Tom Arnold.
    • Prince was scheduled to be the musical guest on the Season 21 premiere in 1995, but cancelled and was replaced by Blues Traveler. David Spade ended up trashing Prince on the show because of this.
    • Ben Stiller was supposed to host the September 29, 2001 episode (the first one to air after 9/11), but he pulled out, saying that he "couldn't be funny at a time like this". Reese Witherspoon took over.
    • The November 10, 2007 episode was supposed to feature Dwayne Johnson as host and Amy Winehouse as musical guest, but it was also cancelled due to a writers' strike. Johnson had hosted SNL before, and would host again after the strike was settled, but Winehouse never got a chance to appear on the show before her death in 2011.
    • Ariana Grande was going to be the musical guest for the Season 44 premiere in 2018, but backed out and was replaced by Kanye West.
  • Burt Reynolds himself once talked with Norm MacDonald about a Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch where the real Burt would come out and punch Norm in the face, then the real Burt would take over and be worse than the fake one. This ended up not happening when Norm got fired.
  • Season six was originally supposed to be headed by Al Franken following Lorne Michaels' departure. However, Franken wrote a Weekend Update segment called "A Limo for the Lame-O," which made fun of Fred Silverman. As a result, Franken left along with Lorne Michaels, the writers, and the remnants of the Not Ready for Primetime cast and NBC hired Jean Doumanian in his place.
  • In the 40th anniversary special, the Celebrity Jeopardy skit had a Video Daily Double in which Kenan Thompson appears as Bill Cosby preparing a cocktail in his private bar. According to Norm MacDonald, Eddie Murphy was originally scripted to play Cosby, but he declined because, as Norm expressed on Twitter, "he will not kick a man when he is down", in the light of the allegations of sexual abuse against Cosby [1].
  • Robert Smigel, who created and wrote the Bill Swerski's Superfans sketches, originally wrote the part of Carl Wollarski for Phil Hartman. Head writer Jim Downey made him play the part instead because Smigel was a Chicago native and had a more authentic-sounding accent.

    Cast Members and Writers Who Didn't Make It 
There are a handful of celebrities (some of whom went on to host an SNL episode) who originally auditioned to be cast members and writers on the show, but never made it:
  • Richard Belzer: Even though he was a warm-up comic and one of the writers of the "Not Ready for Primetime" era of SNL (1975-1980), Belzer actually auditioned to be a cast member. The closest Belzer got to be a cast member was when he had to replace Chevy Chase on Weekend Update after Chase suffered a groin injury (Chase fell on a podium that didn't have padding on the sides) during the show's first political sketch.
  • Mimi Kennedy: Was also a potential cast member during the "Not Ready for Primetime" era, but Lorne thought she was too similar to Gilda Radner in appearance and comic ability.
  • Jim Carrey: Auditioned for Season 6 (1980-81) headed by Jean Doumanian, but lost out to Charles Rocket. Auditioned again for the 1985-1986 season, but Carrey saw a man on the ledge of the 30 Rock building threatening to kill himself and was afraid that working on SNL would drive him to suicide. Coincidentally, the 1985-1986 season had Damon Wayans as a cast member (until he was fired), and both Carrey and Wayans would meet again on another sketch show: In Living Color!. Clips from Carrey's audition video for the 1985-1986 season can be seen on the SNL 40th anniversary special.
  • John Goodman: Also auditioned for Season 6, but lost out to Joe Piscopo.
  • Dom Irrera: Auditioned for Season 6, but lost to Gilbert Gottfried.
  • Robert Townsend: Also auditioned for season six and was chosen to be a cast member, but everyone else (save Jean Doumanian) saw potential in an up-and-coming stand-up comedian at the time named Eddie Murphy. Also, Robert Townsend forgot to sign his contract.
  • Paul Reubens: Auditioned for Season 6 (1980-1981), and lost to Gilbert Gottfried. Much like Jim Carrey, John Goodman, and Robert Townsend, Reubens dodged a bullet there, considering how awful the season turned out to be.
  • Charlie Barnett: Was given a contract to be an SNL cast member during the disastrous 1980-1981 season, but, since Barnett was a barely-literate high school dropout, he was self-conscious about his reading skills and missed a script reading. Eddie Murphy took over (after Robert Townsend was passed up) and the rest was history. More about the tragic life of this comedian in The Other Wiki.
  • Catherine O'Hara: Chosen to be Ann Risley's replacement when NBC was trying to fix SNL after Doumanian's tenure, but quit and was eventually replaced with Robin Duke (a feature player from SCTV) before the start of Season 7 (1981-82). Allegedly, Catherine O'Hara was scared off by former SNL writer Michael O'Donoghue, who yelled at the remaining season six cast and writers for ruining the show. However, O'Hara has gone on record to say that she left the show because she wanted to stay on SCTV.
  • John Candy: Like Catherine O'Hara, Candy was another SCTV cast member who was asked to be on SNL. Unlike Catherine O'Hara, Candy shot down the offer the moment Dick Ebersol asked him to be on the show.
  • The cast of Fridays (Mark Blankfield, Larry David, Michael Richards, Darrow Igus, Maryedith Burrell, Melanie Chartoff, Rich Hall, Brandis Kemp, Bruce Mahler, and John Roarke): When season nine of SNL ended and Dick Ebersol was trying to look for a way to pump some energy into the show for season ten since Eddie Murphy left for a movie career and Joe Piscopo left out of exhaustion, he decided to get some more experienced sketch comedians. His first idea was to get the cast of Fridays (the early 1980s sketch show that nearly dethroned SNL as the edgy, late-night weekend sketch show that aired live) to be the new cast of SNL. With the exception of Larry David (who was hired as a show writer for SNL, which he hated, as all of his good pieces ended up in dress rehearsal or airing after Weekend Update, which is where all the experimental, less funny sketches go) and Rich Hall (hired as a cast member for season 10), all of the other cast members of Fridays declined the offer.
  • Geena Davis: Auditioned for Season 10 (1984-1985), but lost to Pamela Stephenson.
  • Andrea Martin: Yet another SCTV cast member asked to be on SNL during the mid-1980s. Like Geena Davis, Andrea Martin too was rejected in favor of Pamela Stephenson.
  • All of the cast members of The Kids in the Hall (Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, and Scott Thompson): All auditioned to be on the 1985-1986 cast. Only McKinney and McCulloch were hired as writers, and McKinney would later be a cast member on the show from 1994-1997. The good news out of this is that they got their own show that Lorne Michaels created.
  • Bonnie Hunt: Auditioned for the 1986-1987 season, but took issue with the male-dominated atmosphere at the time (if only she'd wait until the mid-1990s, when women like Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and Maya Rudolph would prove that women can be just as funny as the men) and was told by Lorne Michaels that she wasn't allowed to improvise.
  • Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Aniston, and Mary Scheer: Auditioned for Season 16 (1990-91), but lost to Julia Sweeney, though Aniston and Kudrow actually had to turn down the offer to be on SNL since they were already hired to be on Friends.
  • Stephen Colbert: Auditioned for season 18 (1992-1993) as a writer. Didn't make the cut, though he did find fame on the short-lived sketch show The Dana Carvey Show, was a writer for SNL when Dana Carvey's show got canceled, did voicework on The Ambiguously Gay Duo, and, of course, became popular on The Daily Show and its spin-off The Colbert Report.
  • David Cross: Another 1992 cast member hopeful, though he didn't get the part because his audition was a disaster, not because Lorne Michaels thought he wasn't good enough. It's just as well, since he went on to do Mr. Show, which is considered by some to be a better show.
  • Dave Attell: Like Richard Belzer in the 1970s, Dave Attell was a writer on the show during the 1993-1994 season (season 19) who originally auditioned to be a cast member.
  • Andy Dick: Was offered the chance to be on SNL during the 1993-1994 season (season 19), but rejected it because he was already hired as a cast member on The Ben Stiller Show.
  • Louis C.K.: Auditioned for season 20 (1994-1995 season) at a time when he was broke and desperate. While C.K.'s performance didn't get him hired on SNL (and given that SNL at the time was plunged into Seasonal Rot following the departure of Phil Hartman, the increasingly mediocre writing, and the cast members becoming sick of each other and the show's direction, maybe it was for the best that C.K. didn't start his career there), it did lead to Jim Downey (one of the show's writers) recommending him to Robert Smigel to be a writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which became his first TV job.
  • Steve Carell: Auditioned for Season 21 (1995-96), but lost to Will Ferrell. Despite this, he became a voice actor for the TV Funhouse series "The Ambiguously Gay Duo".
  • Amy Sedaris: Auditioned for the 1994-1995 season as Janeane Garofalo's replacement. Sadly, Sedaris was busy starring in a play called One Woman Shoe and couldn't make it. Molly Shannon took over.
  • Kevin McDonald: Auditioned for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but lost to Mark McKinney
  • Jennifer Coolidge: Auditioned for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but lost to Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, and Cheri Oteri
  • Adam McKay: Auditioned to be in the show's cast for the 1995-1996 season (season 21), but was hired as a writer instead, rising to the rank of head writer the following season and starting a fruitful collaboration with Will Ferrell on such movies as Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights.
  • Jon Glaser: Another 1995-1996 cast hopeful who didn't make it. Instead, he was hired as a writer for Late Night With Conan O'Brien and went on to star on the [adult swim] series, Delocated.
  • Marc Maron: Auditioned as Norm MacDonald's replacement in the mid-to-late 1990s. Lost to Colin Quinn.
  • Keri Kenney-Silver: Tried out for SNL after MTV canceled The State in 1996. Lost to Ana Gasteyer.
  • Johnny Knoxville: Was offered the chance to do his Jackass stunts as part of a short film series for the 1999-2000 season (season 25), but rejected the offer, as Knoxville didn't want his friends to be left behind if he did get picked.
  • Zach Galifinakis: Tried out for SNL as a cast member at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Was hired on for a writer for the last two episodes of the season, then quit when he realized that the job just wasn't for him.
  • Stephnie Weir: Auditioned for Season 25 (1999-2000), but lost to Rachel Dratch and ended up on MADtv.
  • Kevin Brennan: Auditioned to be a cast member for the 1999-2000 season, but was rejected as Lorne didn't want to overpopulate his cast like he did in the early-to-mid 1990s. Brennan was given a writing job instead and was poised to be the new Weekend Update anchor for season 26 (2000-2001), only to quit after learning that Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon would be the new anchors.
  • Jeff Ross: Auditioned to be a writer and Weekend Update anchor for the 2000-2001 season. Lost to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.
  • Kevin Hart: As mentioned in his monologue on the season 38 episode he hosted in 2013, Hart was supposed to be a cast member in the early 2000s (exact year unknown, but most likely the 2001-2002 season after Jerry Minor left), but got rejected (in favor of Dean Edwards) because he couldn't do celebrity impressions.
  • Paul Scheer: Auditioned for the 2001-2002 season and the 2002-2003 season. For the latter audition, he lost to Fred Armisen.
  • Jack McBrayer: Auditioned for the 2002-2003 season. Lost to Dean Edwards, but Lorne Michaels did keep him in mind when he was casting for Series/30Rock.
  • Dane Cook: Auditioned for Season 28 (2002-03), but lost to Will Forte.
  • Maria Bamford: Auditioned for Season 29 (2003-2004), but lost to Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson.
  • Kel Mitchell: Auditioned for season 29 along with his old friend and comedy partner Kenan Thompson. Thompson won, which upset a lot of 1990s Nickelodeon fans who grew up with Kenan and Kel (both on All That and their own sitcom) and wanted to see them take their kid comedy to a more adult audience.
  • Rob Huebel: Auditioned for Season 30 (2004-05) along with comedy partner Rob Riggle. Huebel lost to Riggle, and Riggle only stayed on the show for one season.
  • Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer: Auditioned for the 2005-2006 season (season 31) along with their Lonely Island friend, Andy Samberg. Samberg was the only one who became a cast member while Taccone and Schaffer became writers.
  • Michael Patrick O'Brien (credited as Mike O'Brien): Another 2005-2006 potential cast member who became a show writer. O'Brien also auditioned to be a cast member for the 2009-2010 season, and didn't make the cut there either. On the 2013-2014 season, O'Brien was a cast member, along with then-new feature players John Milhiser, Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, Brooks Wheelan (who was originally hired as a writer, but when Lorne decided to make Tim Robinson a writer instead of a cast member, Wheelan was added to the new feature player cast), and Kyle Mooney (with Sasheer Zamata coming in on January 18, 2014note , and Colin Jostnote  coming in on March 1, 2014). As of the 2015-2016 season, O'Brien is no longer a cast member or a writer (but does appear on the show's short films on occasion), Wells, Wheelan, and Milhiser have been fired, and Mooney, Bennett, Jost, and Zamata are still in the cast.
  • Mindy Kaling: Was offered a job as a writer for the 2006-2007 season, but wasn't allowed to break her contract at The Office to take it.
  • Donald Glover: Auditioned for Season 33 (2007-08) when Lorne was looking for a cast member to play Barack Obama and to replace Maya Rudolph, since she quit the show during the 100-day hiatus brought on by the 2007-2008 WGA Writers' Strike.
  • MADtv's Jordan Peele (known for his dead-on impersonations of Ja Rule, Morgan Freeman, Carol Spinney as Big Bird, Montel Williams, Flava Flav, and Forest Whitaker): Also auditioned for Season 33 when Lorne was looking for a cast member to play Barack Obama. While it was kind of a screw to the audience and Peele that Fred Armisen (a German-Japanese-Venezuelan white guy) was chosen as Obama, SNL eventually got Jay Pharoah — a skinny black guy — to play Obama and Jordan Peele got to play Obama on his own show on Comedy Central's Key and Peele.
  • T.J. Miller: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan amid rumors that he acted like a Small Name, Big Ego at the audition (actually, he spilled some stuff from his backpack by mistake and a security guard mistook him for a homeless terrorist).
  • John Mulaney: Auditioned to be a cast member for the 2008-2009 season, but was given a writer job instead. Had he had been a cast member, his collaboration with Bill Hader on the Stefon character probably wouldn't have happened.
  • Nick Kroll: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins.
  • Aubrey Plaza: Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. With her Puerto Rican heritage, Plaza would have been the first Hispanic female cast member if she was hired. Instead, Noel Wells became the first Hispanic female (Wells is a quarter Mexican) in 2013.
  • John Roberts (the voice of Linda Belcher): Auditioned for the 2008-2009 season. Lost to Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins. Had John Roberts been chosen, he wouldn't have been the voice of Linda Belcher for Bob's Burgers and he would have been the second male homosexual cast member hired on SNL. A homosexual cast member wouldn't be hired until season 37 with Kate McKinnon (who is a lesbian), but as of 2013, there have been no male homosexual cast members hired besides Terry Sweeney from the 1985-1986 cast.
  • Kumail Nanjiani: Had a bit role as a reporter in the "New York Times Reporters Meeting" sketch on the season 34 episode hosted by James Franco. Four years later, Nanjiani auditioned for the 2012-2013 season, and didn't make the cut as he wasn't good at doing characters.
  • Erica Ash (from The Big Gay Sketch Show and MADtv): When SNL was looking for a black female cast member to combat the criticism they got from hiring mostly white feature playersnote  for season 39 and to fill the upcoming void that will be left behind by Seth Meyers (though Colin Jost, Seth's co-writer, was hired to fill the void Meyers left behind at the Weekend Update desk), Lorne Michaels pulled in every young, up-and-coming black female sketch comedian/stand-up comedian they could to be the newest cast member. Erica Ash (who, like Kate McKinnon, was on The Big Gay Sketch Show, and like, Taran Killam, was on MADtv for one season and rarely appeared in episodesnote ) was one of many auditioning black female cast members (and one East Asian female comedian named Jennifer Kwok). Sadly, Erica was passed up in favor of Sasheer Zamata (originally from the New York division of the Upright Citizens' Brigade), along with Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes as writers with an option to perform in case any current cast members quit or are fired. As of 2014, LaKendra Tookes has been fired and Leslie Jones has been hired as a featured cast member.
  • Shane Gillis: He was originally hired for season 45, but because of a podcast of Gillis making racist remarks, Michaels decided to fire him for that.


    SNL Movies and TV Spin-Offs That Never Happened 
  • While The Coneheads did get a movie adaptation in 1993, it was originally supposed to be a Saturday morning cartoon in 1983. It was animated by Rankin/Bass (the same guys who do those holiday specials, like Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer), produced by Lorne Michaels, written by Al Franken and Tom Davis, and had Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, and Laraine Newman reprising their roles. It did air as a NBC special and released on VHS. Had it been picked up, this show would have been the first Saturday morning cartoon based on an SNL character instead of Martin Short's The Completely Mental Misadventures Of Ed Grimley.
  • In 1990, Saturday Night Live was going to be adapted to a feature-length, anthology-style string of comedy sketches on the theme of going to the movies called The Saturday Night Movie.
  • Hans & Franz: The Girly-Man Dilemma: A movie centered on Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon's Austrian bodybuilder characters. The story revolved around Hans and Franz following in Schwarzenegger's footsteps by traveling to Hollywood to become movie stars. The movie was to be a gag-heavy musical that toyed with a lot of the conventions of cinema, and would have featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as himself. Arnold Schwarzenegger got cold feet and pulled out, causing the movie to be cancelled. Presumably, it was because Last Action Hero, another satirical action film in which Schwarzenegger played himself, had bombed, and he didn’t want to star in anything that was in a similar vein.
  • A movie based on the Chicago Superfansnote  was set for 1994-1995. The plot for the proposed film involved the Superfans dealing with a businessman who doesn’t understand football buying the Chicago Bears and turning Soldier Field into a luxury stadium for the rich. Smigel and Odenkirk wrote the part of Burton Kimpkington, the businessman who purchases the Bears, for Martin Short. Smigel even quit his job as Conan O’Brien’s head writer to work on the script, but the timing didn’t work out right. SNL was going through its disastrous 1994-95 season, and the network called off all future SNL movies because of how bad It's Pat and Stuart Saves His Family did at the box office. Though the need for more SNL movies would come about in the late 1990s into the 2000s with Superstar, The Ladies Man, and A Night at the Roxbury, and later with Harold the Bald Kid and MacGruber, this film never got off due to Chris Farley's death in 1997.
  • The Ambiguously Gay Duo was going to be a movie in 2005, and it was going to be a live-action feature film, but the writers decided to scale it back and that's how it became a short film for the season 36 episode hosted by Ed Helms.
  • In the mid-2000s, there were rumors that Lorne Michaels was going to create an American Idol-style reality show where the winner would become a cast member for Saturday Night Live. The rumors turned out to be false, though most people were relieved that SNL didn't jump on the reality talent show bandwagon.
  • A movie centered on Stefon (Bill Hader's burnt-out Club Kid character) was planned by Bill Hader and John Mulaney, but later scrapped when they couldn't make it work. According to Bill Hader, the movie would have been centered on Stefon coming out to his parents, a blue collar couple from the Bronxnote  who are in denial that he is gay, though most Stefon fans are content with having the Weekend Update segment where Seth Meyers saves Stefon from marrying Anderson Cooper on the season 38 finale hosted by Ben Affleck with musical guest Kanye West as the closest thing to a Stefon movie (similar to the Ambiguously Gay Duo example above).
  • A Sprockets movie was in the works, but Mike Myers, unsatisfied with all of the proposed scripts, pulled out and Universal sued him in retaliation. Hence, to get Universal off his back, he took the lead role of The Cat in the Hat (Tim Allen was supposed to be the lead, but the filming conflicted with The Santa Clause 2). And look how that turned out.


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