Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer kicked off Internet Week New
York by spilling secrets about Broad City, their web series-turned-hit
Comedy Central sitcom.
Among the tidbits the two stars told Marie Claire
editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider was that Mark Consuelos was originally cast as
Abbi’s hot neighbor. “Mark Consuelos was the original Jeremy -- in the original
pilot he was Jeremy,” Jacobson said. Comedy Central confirmed that casting news
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The revelation came during a conversation about Kelly Ripa’s
recent surprise cameo on the show (watch below), which garnered a lot of attention for Ripa’s
on-screen drug use and dirty language.
“Kelly Ripa was so amazing because she was so down to do
anything, and we thought it would be very difficult to get her,” Jacobson said.
“It was like, ‘Let’s take this person that you all know as being all-American
and really have fun with her,’ and she was like, ‘It was so much f--king fun.’
She was amazing and I think people watch it and they’re like, ‘Holy sh-t!’”
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In fact, the episode was inspired by a story that the Broad
City ladies knew about a “wealthy famous celebrity” who liked to steal coats.
While Ripa’s parody of herself was surprising for fans of
her morning talk show, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Consuelos part on
the show could have been more shocking. In season two, Jeremy and Abbi finally
hook up after a season and a half of flirting from across the hall. However,
things get complicated when Jeremy wants Abbi to “peg” him with a certain sex
Now, just take a moment to imagine that.
ET has reached out to Consuelos for additional insight to his would-be role on the show.