Potential Muppet cameos and guest stars

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Over the years, the Muppets have announced or developed cameos appearances for their feature films and episodes for their television shows that never came to fruition. Many of these camoes never went beyond the early development stages. This includes productions that Muppets characters were heavily involved in (Sesame Workshop, The Walt Disney Company, etc.).

Sesame Street (1969-)

The Muppet Show (1976-1981)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

  • An early script called for a cameo by George Burns as a local bait shop owner outside Kermit' swamp which never came to fruition.[10]
  • An early script called for a cameo by Henry Kissinger as an aspiring actor which never came to fruition.[11]

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

  • A cameo for Dustin Hoffman as a Broadway producer that was an imitation of legendary film producer Robert Evans (The Godfather) was written, but Hoffman decided not to do it at the last minute because it would be offensive to Evans.[13] He would later do an imitation of Evans in the 1997 film Wag the Dog.[no citations needed here]

Muppets Tonight (1996-1998)

  • Rosie O'Donnell - In a cold opening sketch aired in the summer of 1996, O'Donnell attempted to court Miss Piggy via telephone into being a guest on her new daytime talk show.[no citations needed here] O'Donnell suceeded by reminding Piggy that she was already scheduled to appear on Miss Piggy's current show Muppets Tonight.[no citations needed here] However, the series was cancelled before O'Donnell could ever appear.[no citations needed here] O'Donnell also mentions that she's going to be on Muppets Tonight when Miss Piggy hosted The Rosie O'Donnell Show.[no citations needed here]

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

  • Snoop Dog filmed a celebrity cameo scene for the telefilm, however the scene was removed from the final cut of the 2002 telefilm by The Jim Henson Company and NBC.[no citations needed here] It was also absent from the DVD release which included other deleted scenes.[no citations needed here]
  • Steve Irwin was originally slated to appear as himself hunting Fozzie Bear.[no citations needed here] Last minute changes in Irwin's schedule prevented his appearance, so a lookalike parody of Irwin was used instead.[14]

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

  • Stanley Tucci was originally meant to play Frank Meany, but had to drop out due to a last minute family emergency.[no citations needed here] Nathan Lane was able to fill in at the last minute.[15]

The Muppets (2011)

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)


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