Prince, who passed away four years ago, is still universally missed. When The Purple One was on-stage, all eyes were on his magnificence and, to mark his brilliance, we are revisiting this classic story from a past performance at Madison Square Garden—a moment when he hilariously kicked Kim Kardashian off his stage after she overstayed her welcome.
Prince’s Welcome 2 tour, which saw the legendary artist perform over 80 shows from 2010-2012, travelled across North America and cemented his legacy with a series of critically acclaimed shows. However, when the tour was in its infancy, he took the show to New York’s Madison Square Garden for a four-night residency with Prince being on exceptional form, as always.
Taking things to typically eccentric fashion, Prince had managed to arrange his stage to be built in the shape of his iconic love symbol. During the tour, the singer invited several celebrities to join him on stage for a jam session. In what was a hugely popular feature, the likes of Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Leighton Meester, Questlove, Sherri Shepherd, Cornel West and more all had their time to shine next to The Purple One.
On the final night of his Madison Square Garden residency, Prince hunted for a lady in one of the star-studded front rows to join him on stage. He then spots Kim Kardashian and asks her to join him and immediately begins dancing around her to his trademark groovy tones. However, the pressure clearly got to Kardashian who then laughed nervously while standing in place and clapping for him before Prince instructs her to “get off my stage.”
Kardashian later discussed the incident during an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, when she told Ryan Seacrest: “I was just so nervous, and I was just, like, laughing. To my defence, like, didn’t [Prince] watch Dancing with the Stars? Like, I’m not a good dancer.”
Following this moment, Prince and Kardashian would never meet again. Seemingly he never forgot her shambolic performance on stage with him as he refused to take part in an episode of New Girl alongside members of her family, according to Zooey Deschanel.
The New Girl actor made the admission to Conan O’Brien, stating that Prince loved the sitcom so much that he penned an email asking if they could squeeze him into an episode to which of course, they more than happily obliged.
The writers then created a storyline just so they could somehow shoehorn him into an episode and decided on making him host an exclusive celebrity party at his home. Given that it was a celebrity party, they needed to fill the room with A-listers. In doing so, production staff then managed to secure Khloe Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, to take part in the episode.
According to Deschanel, on filming day, Prince asked which names they had been recruited to fill his celebrity party. “I hope it’s not a Kardashian,” he said. Prince had reportedly told production staff that he would never invite a Kardashian to any of his real parties, so why would he have them at a fictional party?
The team working on the show then had to quickly usher Kardashian and Jenner off the set before Prince spotted them. They then went as far as destroying all evidence that the Kardashians had ever been a part of the episode, literally burning the script and call sheets to prevent Prince from ever finding out about their involvement.
Watch footage of their one and only encounter, below.