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Todd BridgesDiff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges has claimed that much-loved teen movie director John Hughes offered him a role in The Breakfast Club, which was then withdrawn because he didn't know how to 'write for blacks'.

In an interview to discuss his new autobiography 'Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted', Bridges says that he sat next to Hughes (who died last year) on a flight and Hughes told him he had the perfect role for him and that he should see his partner in LA. Apparently, when Bridges arrived for the meeting, the partner took a good long look then turned him away, stating 'we don't know how to write for blacks.'

Read more about Bridges' story after the jump... Todd BridgesDiff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges has claimed that much-loved teen movie director John Hughes offered him a role in The Breakfast Club, which was then withdrawn because he didn't know how to 'write for blacks'.

In an interview to discuss his new autobiography 'Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted', Bridges says that he sat next to Hughes (who died last year) on a flight and Hughes told him he had the perfect role for him and that he should see his partner in LA. Apparently, when Bridges arrived for the meeting, the partner took a good long look then turned him away, stating 'we don't know how to write for blacks.'

This (non) story seems to be getting a bit twisted on various websites with commentators attributing the comments to Hughes himself. I mean, it doesn't seem racist (as some are implying), just reasonable that Hughes and his partner were starkly aware of their weaknesses. Hughes came under fire for the character Long Duk Dong (a teeth-clenchingly bad portrayal of Asian stereotypes) in Sixteen Candles, so it's fair-dos really that he wouldn't want to make the same mistake again.

It's also claimed that Bridges is just trying to be controversial and drum up publicity for his book but, considering that it documents his descent from childhood fame into alcoholism and crack addiction, it seems that the gritty content would speak for itself, rather than needing to be spiced up with racial controversy.

Anyway, watch Bridges recount his tale of meeting Hughes below...