Milli Vanilli was an R&B duo consisting of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, founded by Frank Farian in 1988. The group was infamous for its high profile lip-syncing scandal in the early 1990s, which led to their disbanding and their Grammy for Best New Artist revoked.
- On a 1990 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, Arsenio Hall asks Clifford how he joined the Muppet troupe. Clifford replies, "Look at me. It was either be a Muppet or join Milli Vanilli."
- The duo was spoofed in episode 205 of Muppets Tonight. In an archival clip from Muppet Star Search, Clifford and Coolio appear on the show as "Chilli Manilli," lip-syncing to the duo's hit song, "Baby Don't Forget My Number." This references the news that the duo's vocals on their 1989 debut album, Girl You Know It's True, were in fact done by other vocalists.