‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris No Longer Sure He’d Want Kanye West to Guest Star

If you asked “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris a year ago who his dream guest star for the ABC sitcom would be, Kanye West would be at the top of his wishlist. Now, his answer would be a little different.

“I still love him, but it’s … different,” Barris said of the rapper, who has drawn controversy over the last few months for inflammatory comments regarding slavery and president Donald Trump. 

While the sitcom featuring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross has had a slew of cameos over the course of four seasons, Barris still has some guest stars he’d love to see on the show.

“I want [Samuel L. Jackson] to be Pop’s (Laurence Fishburne) brother,” he said. “ I want to make all the jokes about how they keep getting mistaken for each other. And I want the father of those two people to be Garrett Morris.”

Barris spoke at a Q&A on Saturday in Burbank, Calif., following an advanced screening of the ABC comedy’s Prince-themed 100th episode. He appeared alongside Peter Saji, the writer of the episode, as well as the show’s cast.

In the upcoming episode, which airs Tuesday, each member of the Johnson family gets dolled up as Prince to pay tribute to the icon. The crew covers his most famous tracks, from “Purple Rain” to “When Doves Cry.” Sagi revealed that the episode was such a big production to undertake that they ran out of money at the end. That’s why Charlie (Deon Cole) has to describe a song in the last scene, because “we couldn’t afford to play it.”

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