'Cook Off!': Wendi McLendon-Covey shares 'painful' story behind film being shelved for 10 years

Wendi McLendon-Covey is opening up about "the worst experience" she's ever had in Hollywood.

Currently starring on long-running ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs," McLendon-Covey co-wrote and appeared in a recently-released film "Cook Off!" -- but the story behind the improvised comedy is quite the tale. Though the movie hit theaters in the fall of 2017, it was actually filmed back in 2007 before being shelved for a decade.

Not much was really known about why the film sat unreleased for 10 years, so AOL Entertainment asked the actress about it while catching up with her at her "Dishervention" event with Cascade this week.

"I'll tell you what I can tell you," McLendon-Covey started. "That was one of the most painful, frustrating experiences for me and probably the worst experience I’ve ever had in this business."

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"We filmed it, we took it to Aspen for the last comedy festival they ever did, it won an award for me," she went on. "I was in two all-improvised movies that somehow both made it in [to the festival], and I got an award that they created for me for being in those two movies. But then it sat there for a long, long time. People involved with it ... I thought we were making a fun ensemble film, but turns out it was basically to promote one person and her needs."

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Wendi McLendon-Covey hosted a "Dishervention" with Cascade in an effort to stop people from becoming Helicopter Cleaners.

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THE OSCARS(r) - The 90th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre� at Hollywood & Highland Center� in Hollywood, on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Flashy Little Flashdancer' - After seeing 'Flashdance,' Beverly decides to take up dance with the Frentas and is dejected when the family doesn't support her after telling them she is going to be in a recital. Meanwhile, when Emmy starts dating a cool guy, Adam thinks their friendship is in jeopardy, so he sets out to be cooler which backfires, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, STEPHANIE COURTNEY, LEW SCHNEIDER (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), MINDY STERLING, JENNIFER IRWIN
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Flashy Little Flashdancer' - After seeing 'Flashdance,' Beverly decides to take up dance with the Frentas and is dejected when the family doesn't support her after telling them she is going to be in a recital. Meanwhile, when Emmy starts dating a cool guy, Adam thinks their friendship is in jeopardy, so he sets out to be cooler which backfires, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'The Opportunity Of A Lifetime' - Barry gets the chance to throw the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game and believes this is his chance to play professionally, but it's anything but. Meanwhile, Erica makes an important decision about her future in college, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
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THE GOLDBERGS - 'Colors' - Barry enlists the JTP to help him break up Beverly's group of friends so Barry can have all the attention but soon realizes he made a major mistake when Beverly gets into a fight with her friends. Meanwhile, Adam's attempts to trick Murray into loving theater backfire, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, STEPHANIE COURTNEY, JENNIFER IRWIN
THE GOLDBERGS - 'The Goldberg Girls' - Afraid she'll be all alone in her old age, Beverly attempts to bond with other moms to form their own group like the TV show 'The Golden Girls,' while Erica gets annoyed at Geoff's romantic gestures, almost causing them to break up, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom via Getty Images) BEVERLY GOLDBERG, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'We Didn't Start the Fire' - When Erica tells Beverly she is going to spend the first night of Hanukkah with Geoff and his family, Beverly worries and starts a competition for who hosts the best Hanukkah party. Meanwhile, Barry seeks advice from Pops on how to be cool and suggests entering into the school's talent show. However, when Pops hears Barry sing, he tries to stop him from performing, but will it be too late? - on 'The Goldbergs,' airing as part of Disney|ABC's special '25 Days of Christmas' programming event, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - Culver City, CA - OCTOBER 4: TV's Hit Comedy THE GOLDBERGS Celebrates 100 Episodes. The 100th episode, 'Trek Wars' was directed by Lea Thompson and will air on October 25 at 8pm on ABC. (Eddy Chen/ABC via Getty Images) HAYLEY ORRANTIA, GEORGE SEGAL, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, JEFF GARLIN, TROY GENTILE, SEAN GIAMBRONE
ABC UPFRONT - May 16, 2017 - The ABC Television Network presents its new lineup for the 2017-2018 season to the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GONG SHOW - 'Episode 104' - Celebrity judges Joel McHale, 'Quantico''s Priyanka Chopra and 'The Goldbergs'' Wendy McLendon-Covey are set to praise, critique and gong unusually talented and unique performers, on 'The Gong Show,' THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Tyler Golden via Getty Images) JOEL MCHALE, PRIYANKA CHOPRA, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Wendi McLendon Covey attends 2017 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Fonzie Scheme' - When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown's top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Batzdorff/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Fonzie Scheme' - When Murray is honored as one of Jenkintown's top businessmen, his plaque is hung on a wall with all of the other honorees. And soon Beverly is dismayed to learn he has no discernable hobbies, and her attempts to help him find some backfire. Meanwhile, Barry creates a scheme stealing golf carts, but the situation goes awry and Erica comes to save the day, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28: Actress Wendi McLendon Covey arrives at the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
THE GOLDBERGS - 'O Captain! My Captain!'- Beverly substitutes for Barry's chemistry class in hopes to inspire students in the same way as Mr. Keating from 'Dead Poets Society,' much to Barry's embarrassment. When Beverly refuses to give Barry special treatment, Murray pushes Barry to work hard and prove to her that he can get a good grade. Meanwhile, after accidentally embarrassing Emmy by reading a note about her in class, Adam enlists Erica's help to be a better friend, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - The 50th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, broadcasts live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 2 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Ho-ly K.I.T.T.' - Murray and Uncle Marvin bond over their love of 'Knight Rider' and attend the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade to see K.I.T.T. in person. Upset at his father and uncle for going without him, Adam poisons their relationship but later regrets his actions. Meanwhile, when Barry declares he is splitting his time between the Goldberg and Lewis families for Thanksgiving, Beverly hatches a plan to invite Bill and Lainey over. But her plans go awry when Bill has his own idea how to celebrate the holiday, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, DAVID KOECHNER
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Globetrotters' - When Adam attends a Globetrotters game, he falls in love with the 'theatrics' of the team and tries doing his own tricks on the court. But when he cuts together a video that makes Barry look like he lost a game to Adam and his friends, Barry demands a rematch, culminating in an epic battle at the school gym. Meanwhile, it's Murray's 50th birthday, and, despite his protests, Beverly throws yet another surprise party for him but gets more than she bargained for, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS -'I Heart Video Dating' - Erica and Lainey try to find Bill a woman of interest by using new technology for dating. They recruit Adam to create a demo reel, but Beverly insists she will find someone the old fashioned way. Meanwhile, after a 'failed' aptitude test, Barry decides he wants to be a gym teacher and becomes Coach Mellor's apprentice, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Smother's Day' - Barry and Erica forget to get Beverly a Mother's Day gift and make last minute 'Mom Coupons' instead. Beverly is understandably hurt, and decides to get revenge by cashing in every coupon they have made. Meanwhile, Adam tries to get Murray to let him go to space camp and accuses him of being as dream crushing as Pop-Pop, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Smother's Day' - Barry and Erica forget to get Beverly a Mother's Day gift and make last minute 'Mom Coupons' instead. Beverly is understandably hurt, and decides to get revenge by cashing in every coupon they have made. Meanwhile, Adam tries to get Murray to let him go to space camp and accuses him of being as dream crushing as Pop-Pop, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Edward 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards' - When Barry sees underdog Eddie the Eagle in the Olympics, he decides to popularize Ball Ball in order to gain respect at school. Meanwhile, Beverly catches wind that Murray's store sales are down and intervenes by selling the latest furniture craze, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Byron Cohen/ABC Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR 2016 - The cast and executive producers of ABC series graced the carpet at Disney | ABC Television Group's Winter Press Tour 2016. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Double Dare' - Adam and Emmy are ecstatic their favorite TV game show 'Double Dare' is hosting auditions at their school. But when Adam secretly asks Pops to be his partner, and Emmy secretly asks Handsome Ben, the two get into a fight. Meanwhile, Murray and Barry are upset the Philadelphia Eagles have been losing until superstitious Barry becomes convinced Beverly is their good luck charm to change things around, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Carol Kaelson/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'The Tasty Boys' - Murray doesn't budge when Beverly wants to remodel their kitchen like the Kremps. Beverly devises a plan to do the work herself, but messes up on purpose, so Murray is forced to fix it; but it doesn't go exactly as planned, on 'The Goldbergs,' WEDNESDAY, JANAUARY 6 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
THE GOLDBERGS - 'Muscles Mirsky' - Beverly and Erica come to an agreement about trusting one another after Erica plays a prank with her 'smother' regarding a fake entry in her diary. However, their deal is soon off when Erica sneaks off to a college party, and the situation goes awry. It is Beverly who comes to the rescue when Erica needs her most. Meanwhile, Adam and tomboy and best friend Emmy's relationship is called into question when Barry tells him that men and women can't be just friends, on 'The Goldbergs,' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 (9:01-9:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) JEFF GARLIN, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 included actor Danny DeVito ('The Sunshine Boys' at the Ahmanson Theatre: Sept 24 - Nov 3), Wendi McLendon-Covey ('The Goldbergs') and musical guest The Lumineers. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY
GOOD MORNING AMERCA - Wendi McLendon Covey of ABC's 'The Goldberg's' is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' 9/23/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) WENDI MCLENDON COVEY
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THE GOLDBERGS - 'The Goldbergs' stars Wendi McLendon-Covey ('Bridesmaids') as Beverly, Jeff Garlin ('Curb Your Enthusiasm') as Murray, George Segal ('Just Shoot Me') as Pops, Hayley Orrantia ('The X Factor') as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam and Troy Gentile ('Good Luck Chuck') as Barry. 'The Goldbergs' was written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg ('Breaking In,' 'Fanboys') and also executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon ('Identity Thief,' 'Horrible Bosses'). 'The Goldbergs' is from Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) STANDING: JEFF GARLIN, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, GEORGE SEGAL; SEATED: SEAN GIAMBRONE, HAYLEY ORRANTIA, TROY GENTILE
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Wendi McLendon Covey attends The Book Of Mormon Los Angeles Premiere at the Pantages Theatre on September 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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The "Bridesmaids" actress explained that there was a deal to distribute the film around 2013, six years after the film's initial premiere, that eventually fell through and proved to be the final straw for her.

"That’s when I said take my name off, I want nothing to do with it," McLendon-Covey said. "I would pay to have myself edited out if I could."

The film features a truly star-studded cast: Melissa McCarthy, Louie Anderson, Niecy Nash, Diedrich Bader and Gary Anthony Williams also star in the movie, which, in it's final form, "is a different movie that what we put together," McLendon-Covey insisted.

"I’ve washed my hands of it, and it’s too bad, because at one point we had a sweet little movie, and people came in and did us favors like Melissa McCarthy," she added. "Now, what’s in there is basically every bit of footage that was shot with her, which is why it’s like she’s doing the same thing over and over again. Saying the same words, doing the same action. It doesn’t make any sense, and it looks ridiculous. I’m embarrassed about it."

As she watched the world around "Cook Off!" fall to pieces, the former "Reno 911!" standout remembered being in denial about what was really going on.

"You hear about these things happening and you think, ‘I can’t be getting screwed, because who would screw me so openly?'" she recalled. "It makes you doubt yourself, because you think that nobody would be that blatant about it. Anyway, it was very ugly."

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