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Chris Rock Shares He Was Nearly Cast On 'Seinfeld' And 'Friends'

Chris Rock Shares He Was Nearly Cast On Seinfeld And Friends
January 12, 2021 - 20:07 / Hayley Paskevich

On Monday's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Chris Rock revealed that he was originally considered to star in some popular '90s sitcoms! Rock said that "there was talk" from NBC about him joining Friends and Seinfeld, and he's glad he didn't get a role on The Cosby Show. See what he said here!

Chris Rock recently revealed that he could have been on SeinfeldFriends, and more! As Entertainment Tonight shares, Rock appeared on Monday's episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he talked about the sitcoms that passed him over.

Rock addresses possibility of him playing "George Costanza"

Rock first addressed the rumour that he had originally been considered to play "George Costanza" on Seinfeld— a role that ended up going to Jason Alexander.  "I just heard that one," the actor and comedian told Colbert of the rumour. "I mean, it was a lot of NBC talk. There was talk about Seinfeld."

However, while he was originally considered for the show, he's not upset that the part went to Alexander! Rock had nothing but positive things to say about the actor's portrayal of "George Costanza". "Let's just say the good people at Seinfeld, they made the right choice," he shared. "He's good. He's amazing."

Chris Rock onstage as host during the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony.

Rock says he would have "been the Black friend" on Friends

Rock had also been in the initial running for another popular NBC sitcom! The actor revealed that when Friends was casting its six leads, his name had been floated around. "There was talk about me being one of the Friends at one point," he shared. "Yes, I would have been the Black friend. That's basically who I am to America at this point." 

He also reflected on yet another role that almost went to him— one that he's glad ended up not working out! "I was supposed to be 'Cockroach' on The Cosby Show," Rock said. "That was supposed to happen, where I was Theo's best friend and thank god that didn't happen." Ultimately, the part ended up going to Carl Payne!

Rock ended up getting his big sitcom moment years later, as he created and starred in the series Everybody Hates Chris, which ran from 2005-2009. And last September, Rock hosted the season 46 premiere of Saturday Night Live, alongside musical guest Megan Thee Stallion!