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Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts could have been a “Deacon,” or at least, the character of Deacon Claybourne on the hit ABC-TV series Nashville. Prior to the fundraising event, Kevin Carter’s “Waiting for Wishes” Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner in Nashville, Jay unveiled the little-known fact that he actually read for the part of Deacon.
As fans of the show know, however, the choice role went to Charles “Chip” Esten, who has become good friends with Jay. Chip even attended the “Waiting for Wishes” event, which Jay co-hosts, where athletes and musical stars serve as celebrity waiters during dinner at the Palm restaurant.
Jay recalled that Chip once approached him to offer his condolences, in a lighthearted manner, over not getting the part.
“He said, ‘Yeah, they told me that I stole your gig and, man, I’m really sorry,’” Jay said. “Then he went, ‘But listen, stick with that day job with the Flatts guys because it may end up going somewhere.’ That’s an awesome story.”
Jay went on to acknowledge that the part went to the right guy.