Will & Grace showrunner Gary Janetti revealed Madonna refused to wear the outfit selected for her guest-starring role

Will & Grace showrunner Gary Janetti is opening up about one of the show's biggest guest stars: pop icon Madonna.

The singer/actress/director guest-starred on a 2003 episode entitled Dolls and Dolls, where she played Liz, an executive assistant who ultimately becomes roommates with Karen (Megan Mullally).

Janetti appeared on the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, he revealed the diva refused to wear any of the clothes they selected for her character.

Icon: Will & Grace showrunner Gary Janetti is opening up about one of the show's biggest guest stars: pop icon Madonna

Icon: Will & Grace showrunner Gary Janetti is opening up about one of the show's biggest guest stars: pop icon Madonna

Guest star: The singer/actress/director guest-starred on a 2003 episode entitled Dolls and Dolls, where she played Liz, an executive assistant who ultimately becomes roommates with Karen (Megan Mullally)

Guest star: The singer/actress/director guest-starred on a 2003 episode entitled Dolls and Dolls, where she played Liz, an executive assistant who ultimately becomes roommates with Karen (Megan Mullally)

Janetti did admit that he'll always have a, 'soft spot' for the singer, 'because of what she did for the gay community and the way she was an early ally when there wasn't a lot.

As far as her role on the show, he said, that Karen gets a job for 'whatever reason' and she meets Madonna's character Liz.

'She's like an executive secretary, the kind of woman who wears her sneakers on the subway and carries her shoes in her bag and goes to a happy hour after work and thinks she’s kind of a big deal in her tiny office and Karen becomes enamored with her,' Janetti explained. 

Liz: As far as her role on the show, he said, that Karen gets a job for 'whatever reason' and she meets Madonna's character Liz

Liz: As far as her role on the show, he said, that Karen gets a job for 'whatever reason' and she meets Madonna's character Liz

'So she was supposed to wear, you know, Anne Klein II suits with sneakers and be the kind of woman you’d see on the subway. And Madonna as that is very funny, and Karen looking up to her, super funny,' Janetti said, though he explained it didn't all come together as planned.

'But Madonna didn’t want to wear any of those clothes. She had long blonde hair extensions and these outfits,' Janetti explained.

'So, she looked fabulous, but as a result, it was about 50 percent less funny than it should have been. It could have been really funny and it wasn't,' Janetti said.

Clothes: 'But Madonna didn’t want to wear any of those clothes. She had long blonde hair extensions and these outfits,' Janetti explained

Clothes: 'But Madonna didn’t want to wear any of those clothes. She had long blonde hair extensions and these outfits,' Janetti explained

He added they went to a costume fitting and the wardrobe people said she wanted to wear her own clothes, stating she was, 'at the height of her fame, and so whatever she wants, she's gonna do, and I don't know if she has a particularly good sense of humor.'

'It's hard to tell someone who's clearly gone very very far in the world by trusting what it is they want to do, that, in this scenario, you being on the show, people will enjoy this more if you trust this,' he added.

Janetti said they actually had to change the script because there were jokes in the script based on what she was wearing that didn't make sense anymore.   

Costume: He added they went to a costume fitting and the wardrobe people said she wanted to wear her own clothes, stating she was, 'at the height of her fame, and so whatever she wants, she's gonna do, and I don't know if she has a particularly good sense of humor'

Costume: He added they went to a costume fitting and the wardrobe people said she wanted to wear her own clothes, stating she was, 'at the height of her fame, and so whatever she wants, she's gonna do, and I don't know if she has a particularly good sense of humor'

Script: Janetti said they actually had to change the script because there were jokes in the script based on what she was wearing that didn't make sense anymore

Script: Janetti said they actually had to change the script because there were jokes in the script based on what she was wearing that didn't make sense anymore

'I mean, she looked like Madonna. She looked like a rich, fabulous celebrity, which wasn’t what the character was. But she was game when she was on the show, and she was also funny,' he added.

He added that he wasn't running the show at that time, so it wasn't his call to ask Madonna to change clothes, but he said he would have, 'no problem' doing so if it was his call. 

Will & Grace's original run lasted eight seasons between 1998 and 2006, with the show returning for three more seasons from 2017 to 2019.

Show: Will & Grace's original run lasted eight seasons between 1998 and 2006, with the show returning for three more seasons from 2017 to 2019

Show: Will & Grace's original run lasted eight seasons between 1998 and 2006, with the show returning for three more seasons from 2017 to 2019

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Will & Grace showrunner Gary Janetti revealed Madonna refused to wear show's outfits

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