Robin Thede explains why she didn't ask Beyoncé to appear on the first season of "A Black Lady Sketch Show"

Ann Marie Fox

Ann Marie Fox

Robin Thede says she had a long list of black women she wanted to guest star on her HBO hit series, A Black Lady Sketch Show. However, there was one mega-star she was hesitant to ask: Beyoncé.

"We did not ask Beyoncé, because we wanted to make sure that we got one season done and that she could see it," Thede tells ABC Radio.

"But, we got Kelly Rowland," Thede reveals. "Amazing! And unexpected, honestly."

Now that HBO has officially renewed the series for a second season, Thede says there's new hope for Bey to make an appearance. But even if she declines the offer, Robin says there are still plenty of women she'd love to have appear. 

"Halle Berry we tried to get; she was promoting John Wick 3," Thede says. "But, [she] gave us a very positive response. So there's lots of people. I would love Michelle Obama on the show...And black men."

Of course, Thede says if things go the way she plans, she'll have plenty of time to invite plenty of guest talent.

"We can do the show for 10 seasons and not run out," she explains. "That's how much talent is out there and I think that's what this show will serve to remind people about."

A Black Lady Sketch Show, also starring Quinta BrunsonAshley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Issa Rae, is now available on demand on HBO.

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