An already-taped Chrissy Teigen guest appearance on Netflix’s Never Have I Ever has been scrapped, just weeks before the show’s second-season premiere. Although her role was never announced, Teigen had already taped the part: She was to have been the narrator of one episode, a callback to the season-one twist that saw Andy Samberg temporarily filling the role usually played by tennis icon John McEnroe. Now, however, Teigen has “decided to step away from the guest role,” a spokesperson for the show told Vulture, adding her part “is expected to be recast.”
While the rep declined to offer further details, the last-minute change comes weeks after Teigen made a high-profile public apology to Courtney Stodden for a decade-old series of harassing tweets, including one in which Teigen told Stodden — then a teenager — to “take a dirt nap.”
Teigen’s appearance, like Samberg’s before, was meant to have been a surprise for viewers. In a letter which accompanied media screeners sent out to feature writers on May 5, Netflix asked journalists to refrain from revealing her audio appearance, or that there would once again be a guest narrator on the show. But just days later, Teiegen’s old tweets resurfaced in a Daily Beast story, in which Stodden also said Teigen had sent them direct messages suggesting they commit suicide.
In a multi-tweet apology thread May 12, Teigen responded, saying her past self was “an insecure, attention-seeking troll” and said she was “ashamed and completely embarrassed” by her actions. Teigen has not posted on Twitter since. As for the Never Have I Ever episode, Netflix is, unsurprisingly, not saying whether a new narrator to replace Teigen has been cast, or, if it has, who said person is. Season two of the Universal Television–produced, Peabody-nominated series is still expected to premiere in July.