Why Olivia Newton-John turned down a part in ‘Grease Live!’

Olivia Newton-John starred as Sandy in the 1978 movie.

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October 3, 2016

Watching Olivia Newton-John star in Grease inspired Jenny McCarthy to move to Hollywood — so she had to ask what the O.G. Sandy thought of Fox’s live musical and Julianne Hough’s performance.

“I think they did a really good job,” Olivia Newton-John said Monday on The Jenny McCarthy Show. “I mean, it’s not an easy thing to re-create something that is so beloved, but I think they did it differently enough and I think it was good. I enjoyed it. It was fun.”

Critics agreed: Grease Live! — watched by 12.18 million viewers — won five Emmy awards.

“Did they ask you to be part of it?” McCarthy asked.

“Mmmm … yes,” Newton-John demurred with a laugh. “But I decided I was left in the original and left as it was. You don’t try it, not for me. It didn’t work.”

The Jenny McCarthy Show airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Stars (Ch. 109).

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