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Jaleel White on auditioning for 'Family Matters': 'Just a kid trying to make money'

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Jaleel White on auditioning for 'Family Matters': 'Just a kid trying to make money'
Jaleel White talked about his time on "Family Matters" while appearing on "The Drew Barrymore Show." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Jaleel White discussed auditioning for Family Matters while appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show on Monday.

"I was just a kid trying to make money and go to college," White said about auditioning for the role of Steve Urkel.

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"It was just me and three other boys and I really wanted this job because I wanted a Sega Genesis and my parents would let me to Toys R Us and get whatever I wanted if I got this job," he continued.

White also stated that his character Steve Urkel saved the show due to his popularity. The actor recalled a fraternity coming to his first live taping of Family Matters and cheering for Steve Urkel to show up in more scenes.

"I'll never forget these guys. I always wished I could find them and thank them because they would chant, 'We want the nerd' in all the scenes that I wasn't in during the live taping," White said before stating that the chants helped him land the role.

White currently hosts a podcast titled Ever After where he chats with other fellow child stars and shows how they are still leading positive lifestyles despite growing up in Hollywood.

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"I always see bad press about former child actors and the truth of the matter is there's a lot more that turn out like you, but maybe not even necessarily as famous," White said in reference to Barrymore.

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