Scooby-Doo star, Freddie Prinze Jr., has detailed his time working for WWE and why he walked away from the company after less than a year.
With WWE’s penance for hiring writers who have experience penning Hollywood blockbusters and popular American television dramas, the addition of Tinsel Town’s Freddie Prinze Jr. wasn’t all that shocking when the announcement was made in 2008 that the actor would join the company’s writing and creative team.
However, despite earning the trust of Vince McMahon and there being talks of the star becoming head-writer of SmackDown, Prinze Jr. decided that he would walk away from the role in February 2009 creating worldwide buzz as to the reason for his departure.
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Now, the star of movies such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – in which he had a voice role as Kanan Jarrus – Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2 and She’s All That has sat down with Chris Van Vliet to discuss his time with the company and the real reason he decided to walk away:
“There was a show called, I think it was called Tough Enough, and they tried to bring it back. Stone Cold was a judge and there was a mom that wanted to be a wrestler, and she said that she was doing it for her kids. Steve Austin said that’s bulls**t. He said you know how many times I won father of the year, and he put a big goose-egg up. I was watching that show in the writer’s room and I stood up and I walked to Gorilla and I gave Vince my two weeks and said, ‘I’m trying to win father of the year, man, I can’t work here anymore.’ He said, ‘What? Talk to me after the show.’
I talked to Stephanie after the show. He got in the limo and was flying back to Stamford and I was going back to L.A., and I let her know and she was like, ‘Man, we were about to give you SmackDown, you were going to be the head writer.’ She was disappointed, you know, and I was like, ‘Look, you know I love you guys, but I’m a dad and I’m out’, and that was that and I quit and I never looked back.”
Freddie Prinze Jr. returned to WWE for a second stint in October 2010 and even made an on-screen cameo in a Vince McMahon dream sequence. However, it wasn’t to be and he once again departed in 2012.
The actor is married to Buffy the Vampire star Sarah Michelle Geller and the pair have two children together after meeting on the set of popular slasher movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Credit for the interview: Chris Van Vliet
h/t for the transcription: Fightful