Plenty of people have regrets, even John Stamos. However, while playing drums in Mike Love’s Beach Boys apparently isn’t one of them, passing on Ryan Murphy’s Nip/Tuck is. (The roles of the Miami plastic surgeons eventually went to Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon.) “Ryan wrote Nip/Tuck for me,” Stamos recently told Details magazine, “but the person with whom I was in a relationship at the time read the script and said, ‘That’s demeaning toward women.’ I’m not with her anymore.” It can be assumed that Stamos is referring to Rebecca Romijn, as Stamos and Romijn were married from 1998 to 2005, and Nip/Tuck premiered on FX in 2003.

Nip/Tuck became well known as a result of its realistic (and quite graphic) plastic-surgery scenes as well as pushing the envelope with Paul Schrader-esque sleaze, with storylines featuring off-the-wall kinks like adult babies, a woman who takes her dog on as a lover, and a man who was sexually attracted to couches. And while on its surface, Nip/Tuck could come off as demeaning, it was actually a clever send-up of misogyny, soap operas, and gay culture. It even parodied slasher films and thrillers in its third season, setting a blueprint for Murphy’s work on American Horror Story and Scream Queens.


Murphy had also apparently written a script for Stamos that was sort of the Charlie’s Angels of gigolos: “He wanted to do three male hookers who’d go in and save relationships by having sex with the husband and wife. Maybe I was too afraid then,” Stamos says.

[h/t ABC News]