Earlier this month, the Lion King cast photo was released and fans began speculating the Beyonce was not even part of the photo shoot with the rest of the cast.
When John Oliver, the voice of Zazu, made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host asked him about the photo.
“There’s a lot of speculation here that everybody else in this photo is actually there, except not Beyoncé,” host Stephen Colbert explained. “People are speculating she was photoshopped in. And you’re right next to her — can you tell us whether she was there?”
“She wasn’t there,” Oliver, 42, responded, adding, “I think almost everybody else was there.”
“I remember Chiwetel [Ejiofor, who voices Scar] — we were setting up the shot and Chiwetel was sitting in the front and he said, ‘You need to be careful where your foot is,’ ” Oliver recalled. “I looked down and there was just this piece of tape on the floor with Beyoncé’s name written on it.”
Beyonce voices Nala in the film and also produced the full soundtrack.
Over the weekend, The Lion King dominated the box office, earning an estimated $185 million at 4,725 theaters in the U.S. and Canada