The Nanny star Fran Drescher has shared an anecdote from Donald Trump’s guest appearance on the beloved sitcom in 1993, long before he became the US President.
But while Trump’s role was a small guest appearance in the episode, he wasted no time demanding a script change for one of Drescher’s lines regarding his enormous wealth.
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Appearing on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the 62-year-old recalled how Trump appeared as a rich friend of Charles Shaughnessy’s character, Mr. Sheffield.
“I stood in this scene,” Drescher told Seth Meyers, “and I said to the two of them, ‘All you millionaires are alike.’
“And Peter (Jacobson), now my gay ex-husband, he got a note from his assistant, Donald Trump’s assistant, that said, ‘Mr. Trump is not a millionaire. He’s a billionaire and we’d like you to change the script.”
Drescher – who knew her iconic character inside out – wasn’t on board with changing the line.
“I thought that seemed too on the money, because I know Fran would have described anyone who was rich as a millionaire,” she explained.
“But to say billionaire seems like a specific choice. So we asked him if it would be OK if we wrote zillionaire. And he said that was fine.
The Nanny, which ran for six seasons until 1999, was announced for a reboot in 2018 – almost two decades on from its end.
The sitcom will also be turned into a stage musical.
“Nobody is cast yet,” Drescher and Jacobson recently told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’re plotting, but we feel confident we will find a fabulous actress who is funny, charming and has a great voice.”
Drescher clarified that she has no intention of reprising the role – even though it has crossed her mind.
“Of course I would do it myself,” added the actress. “But we’d have to change the title to The Granny.”
Drescher currently stars in NBC series Indebted, in which she plays a grandmother who moves in with her adult children after her husband goes broke.