In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, John Legend reveals what we might expect from his forthcoming sitcom on FOX. John won’t be the star of the show, but it is of his brainchild and he will have an active role in its development. Legend also explained why he was missing from the Soul Train Awards after winning an award. And oh yeah, there’s some Lindsay Lohan shade there, too.
You just sold a sitcom to Fox a month or so ago, and – while not much is known about it yet – I imagine it to be something where you and Kanye live in an apartment together, and one’s clean and one’s messy, and how could two guys who are so different get along? Am I close?
No! [laughs] No, no, no. It’s something we should consider. You know, it’s funny, because in the press they said it was based around my life… It’s if you took the most liberties with my life. It’s loosely, very loosely based on my life; it’s not even really about me. It’s about kids growing up in a kind of unconventional parenting situation and trying to make the best of it.
What TV comedies do you watch or are you drawing inspiration from?
Oh, I’m not writing the show, so I don’t have to be that inspired by them, but Parks and Recreation is one of my favorites. I love Louie, Girls…I used to love The Office…
Liz and Dick?
Well, that was a comedy as well! [laughs]
Speaking of TV comedies, this week you were just at the Soul Train Awards, where you performed. And then you won, and you were nowhere to be found.
There was a miscommunication, because I was done… and I performed. So I was there! I was told they were done announcing the awards that I was a part of and so I was going to the airport to catch the red-eye… I was told I was done. [laughs] That was an incorrect, uh, pronouncement by the producers. I eventually won and I wasn’t there to receive it. I was a little annoyed about that, yeah.