05/29/2013 01:55 pm ET

James Lipton On 'Inside The Actors Studio': Jennifer Lawrence Turned Down His Offer


It's a big week for James Lipton. Not only did he appear in the fourth season of "Arrested Development," which hit Netflix on Sunday, but the 250th of his Bravo series "Inside The Actors Studio" airs Wednesday night.

And while the hit talk show has boasted A-list actors like George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, Lipton opened up about Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence declining his offer.

"I talked to Bravo and said, 'She's 22. Should we take a shot at it?' We all agreed that she was so brilliant in 'Silver Linings Playbook' and Bradley [Cooper, a former student of Lipton's] was urging me, saying he would come and sit in the front row," Lipton told TV Guide. "She said, 'I love the show. I'm not ready for it.' I perfectly respect her. She's 22 years old. She's got time."

The 250th episode of "Inside The Actors Studio" will bring back Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lopez, Ellyn Burstyn and more. While Bravo has changed significantly since "Inside The Actors Studio" debuted in 1994, now known for being home to reality series focused on "Housewives," "Princesses" and "Newlyweds," the network is thrilled to still have the show on the air.

"It is a vestige of the original roots of Bravo, but I still think it's absolutely appropriate for the network," Bravo President Frances Berwick said in a statement. "It's about peeking behind the curtain getting into the creative process, just as we do on 'Top Chef' or 'The Rachel Zoe Project.'"

The two-hour 250th episode of "Inside The Actors Studio" airs on Wed., May 29 at 7 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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