The legendary singer was offered the lead role in Bill Cosby-led series, but passed to pursue her music career.
To Sex and the City fans, Sarah Jessica Parker is Carrie Bradshaw, but once upon a time, Dana Delany was offered the role of the New York columnist. The Emmy-winner passed because she had already done multiple projects involving x-rated material (Nude Girls, Exit to Eden) and didn't want to be involved with a project that had "sex" in the title.
David Letterman's bandleader was offered the role by Jerry Seinfeld without an audition, but Shaffer never called him back.
AMC wanted Jane as Don Draper, but Jon Hamm said during a podcast that Jane passed because he didn't want to be on a television show. Of course, he would go on to star in HBO's Hung.
2010's Sexiest Man Alive could have been part of the Joss Whedon crew, but he passed on the role of Xander. "I love that show and I loved Joss Whedon," he told The Toronto Star in 2008. "But my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school."
Haaave you met Scott? The Scandal star reportedly auditioned for the main character in the CBS hit comedy. Maybe he'll land a role in the spinoff?
Ellen Pompeo revealed to the New York Post that creator Shonda Rhimes wanted Isaiah Washington to play McDreamy. "Shonda really wanted to put a Black man in the mix. I didn't think they were really going to put an interracial couple on the show and I didn't want him. It was too close to home," she said, referencing her own marriage to music producer Chris Ivery. "I said I wanted that Dempsey kid."