Chris Rock, fresh off the release of the “remixed” edition of his Tamborine Netflix special, joined Stephen Colbert for a Late Show discussion on Tuesday night that ultimately saw the comedian briefly addressing his near-involvement with two classic NBC shows.
Chris Rock has confirmed rumours that he was nearly cast in Friends and Seinfeld.
The comedian and actor said he was once in talks for roles in the two NBC sitcoms, and was being considered as “the Black friend” in Friends.
He told The Late Show With Stephen Colbert earlier this week that he was in the running to portray Jerry’s friend George in Seinfeld but lost out on the role to Jason Alexander.
“There was a lot of NBC talk. There was talk about Seinfeld“, Rock told Colbert. “There was talk about me being one of the Friends at a point. Yes, I would have been the Black friend. That’s actually who I am to America anyway.”
He isn’t bitter about ultimately losing out to Alexander in Seinfeld. “Let’s just say the good people at Seinfeld, they made the right choice,” Rock added. “He’s good. He’s amazing.”
The actor said that he also missed out on a part in The Cosby Show before his comedy career took off. “I was supposed to be Cockroach on The Cosby Show. That was supposed to happen, where I was Theo’s best friend and thank god that didn’t happen.”
The disrespect of NBC for thinking of Chris Rock as “the Black friend.”