You might not remember that Donald Trump once appeared in an episode of ’90s sitcom The Nanny. But while she was appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, star Fran Drescher remembered her experiences with the now President.
“I stood in this scene and I said to . . . [co-star Charles Shaughnessy and Trump], ‘Oh, all you millionaires are alike,” she recalled.
“And Peter [Marc Jacobson] — now my gay ex-husband — 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.’”
However, Drescher didn’t quite agree with the request, feeling that her character wouldn’t call anyone a billionaire.
“Cause I know Fran would’ve, you know, described everyone who was rich as a millionaire. But to say ‘billionaire’ seems like a specific choice. So we asked them if it would be okay if we wrote ‘zillionaire’ and he said that was fine,” she explained.
“And Peter somehow knew that he shouldn’t throw that away and he has it framed in his office.”
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Drescher and Jacobson would be reuniting to bring The Nanny to Broadway. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom has also joined the project as a writer.
“We are SO excited to be working on the Broadway musical The Nanny,” Drescher and Jacobson said in a statement.
“We’re equally excited that the wildly talented Rachel Bloom will be writing the lyrics and music with the fantastic Adam Schlesinger, and to have the brilliant Marc Bruni directing.”
Bloom echoed these sentiments in her own statement.
“The Nanny was a fundamental part of my childhood because it was the first time I saw an openly Jewish female protagonist on television,” she said.
“The story of Fran Fine, however, is a universal one that has touched the hearts of people of every race, religion and orientation. I am so proud to be using the characters established by The Nanny to tell a new story about one woman’s journey to becoming proud of who she is and what makes her different.”
Drescher will also be back on the small screen in her new NBC show indebted, alongside former Wings actor Steven Weber.
The sitcom will follow the problems that arise after the couple move back in with their son and his family.
Drescher told The Hollywood Reporter, “I wanted to do network television.”
And fans of Fran Fine’s exuberant style won’t be disappointed.
“On this show I’m the oldest one in the cast, and I’m always wearing heels and tight dresses. But I said, ‘look, you have to let me give my audience what they want.’ I don’t want to disappoint them,” Drescher explained.