Cedric the Entertainer revealed the Original Kings of Comedy almost had a complete reunion, which would have included a hologram of Bernie Mac.
“We tried. We were very close. We had a couple of scripted ideas, and then we had the idea of just getting back together to do a mini-tour,” Cedric, 54, revealed to the Huffington Post in an interview released Tuesday. “It was right around the time Bernie [Mac] was ill. A lot of people didn’t know how ill he was. We thought we could squeeze it in, but unfortunately, the timing on that didn’t work out.”
After Mac died of pneumonia in 2008, Cedric admitted that the “Original Kings of Comedy” crew from the 2000 film (D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey) just didn’t feel right moving forward without their friend.
“Nobody really wanted to do it without him. It was this weird thing: Do we replace Bernie with someone? Do we do it without him? Do we do him as a hologram like at Coachella with Tupac? How weird do we want to go with this?”
“The technology was supposedly getting a lot better, and maybe we would do a short bit where we put Bernie up in this hologram situation,” Cedric explained. “It was gonna be an expensive task. MTV still had the rights to the film, and I think they were transitioning into some other things. The idea never manifested all the way.”
As it turned out, it wasn’t Mac’s absence nor the expense of a hologram that kept a reunion from happening, but Harvey’s busy schedule.
“It just became an idea where eventually Steve [Harvey] took on his 137th show,” Cedric said. “He just couldn’t do it. He’s hosting ‘Family Feud’ and ‘Little Big Shots’ and a radio show, and I’m like, ‘OK, Steve, that’s it.’ “
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