Chris Rock Turned Down ‘A Couple Offers’ to Join ‘The Sopranos’ Over Fear He’d Ruin It

Chris Rock Turned Down ‘A Couple Offers’ to Join ‘The Sopranos’ Over Fear He’d Ruin It
Chris Rock was one of the early superstars for HBO, starring in three comedy specials between 1994 and 1999 and launching “The Chris Rock” show in 1997. The late-night talk show ran for 55 episodes across five seasons, all while “The Sopranos” debuted and turned HBO into a powerhouse for original drama programming. One might not expect a crossover between the two series, but Rock revealed on a panel for The Hollywood Reporter that he turned down multiple offers to appear on “The Sopranos.”

“Sometimes you can respect something so much, you don’t even want to be a part of it,” Rock said. “Years ago, when I had my own show on HBO, it was at the height of ‘The Sopranos,’ and I got a couple of offers to be on ‘The Sopranos,’ and I was like, ‘I like it too much, I don’t want to spoil it.'”

Rock had a
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