Full House's John Stamos Almost Got The Olsen Twins Fired

While we are definitely excited to see what the “real” Tanner family has been up to in recent years through the upcoming Netflix revival series Fuller House, there’s no denying the guilty pleasure that will come from watching the “fake” Tanner family come to life in Lifetime’s quasi-biopic The Unauthorized Full House Story. The recently released first clip showcased a moment where faux John Stamos is bitching about the infant faux Olsen twins being unprofessional, and it turns out that was based on solid reality. Well done, Lifetime.

Stamos was on hand for this year’s TCA press event, though he was there to promote his upcoming Fox comedy Grandfathered, and he shared that his past with the Olsen twins wasn’t always one filled with ice cream and lullabies. He damned near got them booted out the door. (Or would it be bootied?) Anyway, here’s how he put it, according to TVLine.

The Olsen twins cried a lot. It was very difficult to get the shot. So that actually is 100% accurate. I said, ‘Get those kids…’ [gestures to get rid of them], and they brought in a couple of unattractive redheaded kids. We tried that for a while and that didn’t work. ‘Alright, get the Olsen twins back.’ That’s the story.

I choose to think that he went up to creator Jeff Franklin and the producers saying “Have mercy…on my sanity by getting rid of those crybabies.” It’s totally understandable that the actor was frustrated with having screaming children present while he was trying to develop his hair-spray-scented art, and I like that they actually tried to find someone else to take the part. (Although I’m almost sympathetic to the parents of the redheaded children if they read this, since he called their munchkins unattractive.) It actually doesn’t seem that Stamos and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are currently on the best terms, either, as he called ”bullshit” when they claimed no one had contacted them about Fuller House. But the siblings still might appear, so all is probably well.

Can you imagine seeing some other children in the role of Michelle Tanner? Granted, it’s possible that we might have seen some changes to the character had it been someone else playing the part. But really, it’s not like a lot of the major plotlines were Michelle-centered, so maybe she just wouldn’t have met that Derek kid who took “Yankee Doodle” to new levels, or wouldn’t have gotten amnesia after falling off that horse in the series finale. Perhaps a more insane thing to ponder is what the world would be like had the Olsen twins not been able to turn their success from that show into a multi-bazillion dollar entertainment and fashion industry. Could the world exist without How the West was Fun?

Now let’s talk about other important things brought up in that Lifetime movie clip, such as whether or not Bob Saget talked to kids about strippers.

Nick Venable
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