Vanessa Hudgens Did NOT Refuse To Sing ‘High School Musical’ Song On ‘Tonight Show,’ Despite Report

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By Michael Lewittes |

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Vanessa Hudgens did not refuse to sing a song from High School Musical when she recently appeared on the “Tonight Show,” nor did she have a “meltdown” when supposedly asked, despite a made-up tabloid report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this claim. We’re told it’s “not true.”

According to OK!,  when the “Tonight Show” asked Hudgens to “sing a sing from the TV movie that made her a star, she almost canceled” her January 30 appearance. The tabloid quotes a so-called “insider” as saying, the actress and singer “flipped out and said she’d be a laughingstock” if she agreed to perform a High School Musical song, adding she acted like a “spoiled kid” when refusing the request. The magazine alleges Hudgens, who was on the talk show to promote her new NBC series “Powerless,” instead settled for duetting with host Jimmy Fallon on the theme song for “Friends.” “Once she got her way,” claims the publication’s tipster, “she was back to her supersweet self, like nothing had happened. Typical queen bee.”

In addition to being inaccurate, the tabloid is actually also being disingenuous. As Gossip Cop noted, Hudgens was on the “Tonight Show” to discuss her new program “Powerless,” which airs on NBC on Thursday nights. The conversation with Fallon then shifted to the other classic sitcoms that aired during that time slot, including “Cheers,” “Seinfeld,” and “Friends.” That then set up a bit for them to sing the “Friends” theme song.

In any event, Gossip Cop checked with sources for both Hudgens and “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and all maintain the actress was never asked nor refused to perform a High School Musical song. It was “never even brought up,” an impeccable Hudgens insider tells us, adding the tabloid’s entire article is “not true.” Gossip Cop would like to know if the publication relied on the same alleged insider who wrongly informed the magazine that Fallon was having marriage problems because of his drinking, because that person was clueless. Regardless, the claim that Hudgens wouldn’t sing a song from her past on the “Tonight Show” is completely off-key.