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Sarah Michelle Gellar: Daphne, Velma Kiss Cut Out of ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie

Sarah Michelle Gellar as ‘Daphne’ in ‘Scooby Doo’, 2002. Hannah Barbera Prods/Atlas/Kobal/Shutterstock

What could have been. Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed the “steamy” Daphne and Velma moment that didn’t make it to the Scooby-Doo live-action movie.

During a performance on Watch What Happens live with Andy Cohenairing on Thursday, February 2, Gellar, 45, hinted that the 2002 film was intended to be “less family-friendly” compared to the final product.

‘I don’t know anything about a relationship [between Daphne and Velma] on the side, but there was a steamy one [kiss] – I mean, I said it was steamy, but they probably didn’t think it was – hence the cut,” shared the actress, who played Daphne in the film. “There was a real kiss between Daphne and Velma that got cut.”

The wolf pack star added: “I feel like the world wants to see it. But I don’t know where it is.”

Scooby Doo: The Movie, which was based on the iconic cartoon franchise of the same name, revolved around a group of friends and a talking dog who solve mysteries. The movie, starring Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Freddy Prince Jr. and Matthew Lillardreturned for a sequel titled Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004.

According to the Buffy the vampire killer alum, the original script also explored Fred’s (Prinze Jr.) sexuality more.

Sarah Michelle Gellar reveals a 'steamy' kiss between Daphne and Velma was cut from 'Scooby-Doo' movie: 'The World Wants to See It' purple shirt

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini in ‘Scooby Doo 2’, 2004. Diyah Pera/Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock

“There was also the implication that Fred was interested in both, you know, partying and all that was cut,” added Gellar, who has been married to Prinze Jr., 46, since 2002. “There was also a great line where I remember, I’ll never forget, where we had a fight – Daphne and Fred – and then I yell at him, ‘And that ascot makes you look gay!’ and I slam the door.”

Gellar noted that the cut that was cut drew her to the project in the first place, saying, “I think that was the reason I actually signed on to the movie. It was less family-friendly in the beginning.”

author James Gunn previously confirmed in a since-deleted tweet that he planned to make Velma (Cardellini) an LGBTQIA+ character in his script.

“In 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my original script,” he posted on social media in 2020. “But the studio kept diluting it and diluting it, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version), and finally having a boyfriend (the sequel).”

The director, 56, continued to shed light on his vision for the live-action franchise, tweeting: “Language and jokes and sexual situations were removed, including a kiss between Daphne and Velma. Cleavage was over with CGI. But fortunately it kept farting.”

Gunn also questioned the decision to change the film’s rating from PG-13 to PG because audiences “didn’t get what they wanted”. “But today I don’t know,” he concluded at the time. “So many young kids loved those movies, which is pretty cool.”

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