ABC aired their highly-anticipated The Little Mermaid Live special, and fans had no shortage of opinions on a wide range of topics.

The two-hour special was essentially hybrid of live-action song and dance numbers of songs from the movie and a few new songs as well, between the animated non-singing portions of the movie. 

While some fans had nothing but praise, particularly Queen Latifah’s performance others were confused by the format, Shaggy playing the crab Sebastian in a costume with no claws, and a bizarre moment where John Stamos awkwardly broke character.

Praise: While some fans had nothing but praise, particularly Queen Latifah's performance in The Little Mermaid Live, others were confused by the format

Praise: While some fans had nothing but praise, particularly Queen Latifah’s performance in The Little Mermaid Live, others were confused by the format

Live action: The two-hour special was essentially hybrid of live-action song and dance numbers of songs from the movie and a few new songs as well, between the animated non-singing portions of the movie

Live action: The two-hour special was essentially hybrid of live-action song and dance numbers of songs from the movie and a few new songs as well, between the animated non-singing portions of the movie

The show started with a surprise appearance by Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in the original animated version of The Little Mermaid, who said she ‘can’t believe’ it’s been 30 years since the original film.

‘Tonight we celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved animated films of all time,’ she said. 

She added that the special was half the original animated movie and half live-action re-enactment, a format that many fans spoke to.

Surprise Jodi: The show started with a surprise appearance by Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in the original animated version of The Little Mermaid, who said she 'can't believe' it's been 30 years since the original film, which debuted on November 17, 1989

Surprise Jodi: The show started with a surprise appearance by Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in the original animated version of The Little Mermaid, who said she ‘can’t believe’ it’s been 30 years since the original film, which debuted on November 17, 1989

Format: She added that the special was half the original animated movie and half live-action re-enactment, a format that many fans spoke to

Format: She added that the special was half the original animated movie and half live-action re-enactment, a format that many fans spoke to

 ‘Oh I like this! I love the actual clips from the movie combined with the musical,’ said @CandiLand808.

While others weren’t too thrilled with the format, one aspect of the show that was almost universally praised was Queen Latifah’s performance as Ursula.

‘Okay, Queen Latifah is my favorite part of #LittleMermaidLive so far,’ said Twitter user @RevScratch.

Combined: 'Oh I like this! I love the actual clips from the movie combined with the musical,' said @CandiLand808

Combined: 'Oh I like this! I love the actual clips from the movie combined with the musical,' said @CandiLand808

Combined: ‘Oh I like this! I love the actual clips from the movie combined with the musical,’ said @CandiLand808

Praise: While others weren't too thrilled with the format, one aspect of the show that was almost universally praised was Queen Latifah's performance as Ursula

Praise: While others weren’t too thrilled with the format, one aspect of the show that was almost universally praised was Queen Latifah’s performance as Ursula

Favorite: 'Okay, Queen Latifah is my favorite part of #LittleMermaidLive so far,' said Twitter user @RevScratch

Favorite: ‘Okay, Queen Latifah is my favorite part of #LittleMermaidLive so far,’ said Twitter user @RevScratch

Another fan, @BigDRIV, said, ‘Queen Latifah is the perfect Ursala!’ while @RJAvirom added, ‘Queen Latifah is my Ursula.

One fan, @KC_Blair, claimed that Latifah’s Ursula was the ‘ONLY saving grace’ for the entire show, which he called ‘HORRIBLE’ and called on Disney to ‘get your act together.’

Latifah sang The Little Mermaid songs Poor Unfortunate Souls and her reprisal of the song earned a standing ovation at the end of the show.

Perfect: Another fan, @BigDRIV, said, 'Queen Latifah is the perfect Ursala!'

Perfect: Another fan, @BigDRIV, said, ‘Queen Latifah is the perfect Ursala!’

My Ursula: @RJAvirom added, 'Queen Latifah is my Ursula

My Ursula: @RJAvirom added, ‘Queen Latifah is my Ursula

Saving grace: One fan, @KC_Blair, claimed that Latifah's Ursula was the 'ONLY saving grace' for the entire show, which he called 'HORRIBLE' and called on Disney to 'get your act together'

Saving grace: One fan, @KC_Blair, claimed that Latifah's Ursula was the 'ONLY saving grace' for the entire show, which he called 'HORRIBLE' and called on Disney to 'get your act together'

Saving grace: One fan, @KC_Blair, claimed that Latifah’s Ursula was the ‘ONLY saving grace’ for the entire show, which he called ‘HORRIBLE’ and called on Disney to ‘get your act together’

Performance: Latifah sang The Little Mermaid songs Poor Unfortunate Souls and her reprisal of the song earned a standing ovation at the end of the show

Performance: Latifah sang The Little Mermaid songs Poor Unfortunate Souls and her reprisal of the song earned a standing ovation at the end of the show

Performance: Latifah sang The Little Mermaid songs Poor Unfortunate Souls and her reprisal of the song earned a standing ovation at the end of the show

Some fans even called on Disney to re-cast Ursula for their live-action movie adaptation of The Little Mermaid, with @joselynalghul stating, ‘They really want Melissa McCarthy to play Ursula when Queen Latifah literally just f***ing did THAT.’

Another member of the live-action cast was reggae rapper Shaggy, who plays Sebastian the crab, with many fans bashing his costume, including his lack of crab claws. 

‘If you’re wondering where Shaggy’s claws are, they put them in LA to promote this show,’ said @StageName2Come, who included a photo of a huge crab claw in LA.

Did that: Some fans even called on Disney to re-cast Ursula for their live-action movie adaptation of The Little Mermaid, with @joselynalghul stating, 'They really want Melissa McCarthy to play Ursula when Queen Latifah literally just f***ing did THAT'

Did that: Some fans even called on Disney to re-cast Ursula for their live-action movie adaptation of The Little Mermaid, with @joselynalghul stating, ‘They really want Melissa McCarthy to play Ursula when Queen Latifah literally just f***ing did THAT’

Bashing: Another member of the live-action cast was reggae rapper Shaggy, who plays Sebastian the crab, with many fans bashing his costume

Bashing: Another member of the live-action cast was reggae rapper Shaggy, who plays Sebastian the crab, with many fans bashing his costume

Crab claw: 'If you're wondering where Shaggy's claws are, they put them in LA to promote this show,' said @StageName2Come, who included a photo of a huge crab claw in LA

Crab claw: ‘If you’re wondering where Shaggy’s claws are, they put them in LA to promote this show,’ said @StageName2Come, who included a photo of a huge crab claw in LA

Other fans like @bitharvest compared Shaggy’s red leather outfit to Eddie Murphy’s from his iconic outfit in Eddie Murphy Raw.

@LesleyHauler compared it to Britney Spears’ red leather jumpsuit in her Oops!… I Did It Again, but an ABC exec explained on Twitter why Shaggy didn’t have claws.

ABC’s Robert Mills said, ‘For those wondering, Shaggy wore crab claws in early rehearsals and it looked ridiculous.’

At the end of the show, he also shared a photo of Shaggy with claw hands backstage though he was not seen with them during the show. 

Compare: Other fans like @bitharvest compared Shaggy's red leather outfit to Eddie Murphy's from his iconic outfit in Eddie Murphy Raw

Compare: Other fans like @bitharvest compared Shaggy’s red leather outfit to Eddie Murphy’s from his iconic outfit in Eddie Murphy Raw

Britney: @LesleyHauler compared it to Britney Spears' red leather jumpsuit in her Oops!... I Did It Again, but an ABC exec explained on Twitter why Shaggy didn't have claws

Britney: @LesleyHauler compared it to Britney Spears’ red leather jumpsuit in her Oops!… I Did It Again, but an ABC exec explained on Twitter why Shaggy didn’t have claws

Explanation: ABC's Robert Mills said, 'For those wondering, Shaggy wore crab claws in early rehearsals and it looked ridiculous'

Explanation: ABC’s Robert Mills said, ‘For those wondering, Shaggy wore crab claws in early rehearsals and it looked ridiculous’

Claw hands: At the end of the show, he also shared a photo of Shaggy with claw hands backstage though he was not seen with them during the show

Claw hands: At the end of the show, he also shared a photo of Shaggy with claw hands backstage though he was not seen with them during the show

Perhaps the most talked about moment of the night came at the end of John Stamos’ performance, who was playing Chef Louis who sang a rousing version of Les Poissons.

At the end of the performance, doused in flour, Stamos broke character to tell a joke… which he proceeded to flub.  

‘I knew I should have played Prince Albert… or Prince Eric,’ he said, mistaking Prince Eric from the show with Prince Albert, which had fans talking.

Chef: Perhaps the most talked about moment of the night came at the end of John Stamos' performance, who was playing Chef Louis who sang a rousing version of Les Poissons

Chef: Perhaps the most talked about moment of the night came at the end of John Stamos’ performance, who was playing Chef Louis who sang a rousing version of Les Poissons

Flour: At the end of the performance, doused in flour, Stamos broke character to tell a joke... which he proceeded to flub

Flour: At the end of the performance, doused in flour, Stamos broke character to tell a joke… which he proceeded to flub

Joke: 'I knew I should have played Prince Albert... or Prince Eric,' he said, mistaking Prince Eric from the show with Prince Albert, which had fans talking

Joke: ‘I knew I should have played Prince Albert… or Prince Eric,’ he said, mistaking Prince Eric from the show with Prince Albert, which had fans talking

@Frank_A_Sansone stated, ‘John Stamos ad libbing a joke only to miss the punch line because he doesn’t know Prince Eric’s name…’ along with a shot of Britney Spears cringing.

Another fan, @RedHeadedScot, added a GIF of Jennifer Lawrence spit-taking with, ‘Did… did John Stamos thing his mic was off? Who dafuq is Prince Albert?’

@JenKayComedy added a GIF of President Obama shrugging, with ‘Did John Stamos just say, “I knew I should’ve played Prince Albert?’

No punchline: @Frank_A_Sansone stated, 'John Stamos ad libbing a joke only to miss the punch line because he doesn't know Prince Eric's name...' along with a shot of Britney Spears cringing

No punchline: @Frank_A_Sansone stated, ‘John Stamos ad libbing a joke only to miss the punch line because he doesn’t know Prince Eric’s name…’ along with a shot of Britney Spears cringing

Who?: Another fan, @RedHeadedScot, added a GIF of Jennifer Lawrence spit-taking with, 'Did... did John Stamos thing his mic was off? Who dafuq is Prince Albert?'

Who?: Another fan, @RedHeadedScot, added a GIF of Jennifer Lawrence spit-taking with, ‘Did… did John Stamos thing his mic was off? Who dafuq is Prince Albert?’

Albert: @JenKayComedy added a GIF of President Obama shrugging, with 'Did John Stamos just say, "I knew I should've played Prince Albert?'

Albert: @JenKayComedy added a GIF of President Obama shrugging, with ‘Did John Stamos just say, “I knew I should’ve played Prince Albert?’

Compare: Twitter users were confused at Flounder's appearance in the live show

Compare: Twitter users were confused at Flounder’s appearance in the live show

Still, despite the bizarre moments, many fans enjoyed it overall, with @bgoad1989 stating, ‘Overall I was impressed with #LittleMermaidLive it was pretty awesome!!!’

Others praised John Stamos, despite his missed joke attempt, with @rpascu stating, ‘@JohnStamos did an awesome job! He and @IAmQueenLatifah are the best things about this show.’

The show comes just a few days away from the 30th anniversary of the original animated film, which debuted on November 17, 1989.

Enjoyed: Still, despite the bizarre moments, many fans enjoyed it overall

Enjoyed: Still, despite the bizarre moments, many fans enjoyed it overall

Praise: @bgoad1989 stating, 'Overall I was impressed with #LittleMermaidLive it was pretty awesome!!!'

Praise: @bgoad1989 stating, ‘Overall I was impressed with #LittleMermaidLive it was pretty awesome!!!’

Others praised John Stamos, despite his missed joke attempt, with @rpascu stating, '@JohnStamos did an awesome job! He and @IAmQueenLatifah are the best things about this show.'

Others praised John Stamos, despite his missed joke attempt, with @rpascu stating, ‘@JohnStamos did an awesome job! He and @IAmQueenLatifah are the best things about this show.’

Anniversary: The show comes just a few days away from the 30th anniversary of the original animated film, which debuted on November 17, 1989

Anniversary: The show comes just a few days away from the 30th anniversary of the original animated film, which debuted on November 17, 1989

John Stamos owns up to Prince Albert slip up during performance 

Stamos was on his way to perfection with his performance as Chef Louis during The Little Mermaid Live Tuesday night, until the end. 

Covered in flour, the actor who sang a rousing version of Les Poissons, attempted to make a joke. 

Stamos proceeded to break character to joke that he should’ve played Prince Eric. However, that’s not what he said. 

‘I knew I should have played Prince Albert… or Prince Eric,’ he said, mistaking Prince Eric from the show with Prince Albert.

Fans immediately began speculating whether or not it was an intentional slip.

Some viewers took to Twitter and said they thought Stamos was referring to the Prince Albert piercing. 

‘I almost thought he was talking about the piercing,’ one fan tweeted. 

Another said: ‘Pretty sure John Stamos threw in a genital piercing “Prince Albert” reference lol.’

A third person tweeted: ‘John Stamos weird Prince Albert shout-out……. Uhhhh this supposed to be for kids!!!!’

On Wednesday morning, Stamos cleared the air for those wondering what he meant by the Prince Albert reference by owning up to his mistake. 

The actor responded to one Twitter user who asked: ‘Did @JohnStamos say Prince ALBERT?’

‘I did! Not sure where it came. (kids don’t google Prince Albert) I ad-libbed in dress rehearsal after getting pelted with flour, “I should have played Prince ERIC” but for some reason ALBERT came out – oh well,’ Stamos tweeted. 

ABC also cut the mistake out of the version they put on YouTube. 



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