Why Lady Gaga And Katy Perry Got The Ax From ‘The Muppets’

While Lady Gaga was causing a stir over the holiday weekend with her Thanksgiving special, the Muppets were making a comeback at the box office in the week’s #1 movie debut. But in a perfect world, Mother Monster would have been at home amongst equally bizarre creatures in the film, since she shot a cameo that had to go because the kid-friendly flick was running at a whopping three hours. (Or is Kermit still holding a grudge about that coat?) And Tony Bennett’s sketch muse wasn’t the only pop star left on the cutting room floor — Katy Perry also appeared in an axed musical moment titled “I Kissed A Squirrel” (hilarious!). Read more below.

As AOL reports, The Muppets writer/producer Clint Morris said: “Gaga would have gone head-to-head with Miss Piggy in a sequence. Rumor has it Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ was somehow involved (which makes sense considering Piggy is the editor of Paris Vogue magazine in the film).” The scene would have featured The Office‘s John Krasinski, Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet, and The Hangover‘s Ed Helms, and also would have served as Gaga’s big-screen debut.

As for Katy Perry — whose breasts were deemed too hot to appear with Muppets on Sesame Street, but apparently not on the big screen (or were they?) — writer Nick Stoller states: “At one point we had squirrels singing, ‘I Kissed a Squirrel,’ or it was Miss Piggy singing ‘I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It.’ More and more squirrels are lining up to kiss her, and she’s getting weirded out.”

Oh, if only. We would have gladly watched a three-hour Muppet movie had it included these priceless-sounding pop parodies!