Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may only be 28 years old, but they’ve already have an entire lifetime worth the acting gigs under their belt. And within their long childhood acting resume, Full House sits top of the list. Their acting debut, and arguably cutest character to ever be—the shared role of Michelle Tanner— will always be remembered for her playful and mischievous ways along with her precocious catchphrases. So naturally, with Netflix reviving the beloved series, it was only assumed that the Olsen twins would reprise their role. But alas, the sisters have decided they will not be a part of the reunion.
Netflix’s Fuller House will move forward without the twins, and without their character’s added personality. In a statement via The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer on the project, Robert L. Boyett explained the Olsens’ decision:
Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family. It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House.
The participation of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the revival of the hit ABC show has long been in question. And their decision not to participate is a big upset to both fans and the rest of the Tanner family.
The spinoff has many of the original cast already signed on including Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler), John Stamos (Uncle Jesse), Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) and talks are underway for bring back Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin. The series takes a look into the life of D.J. Tanner-Fuller who is now employed as a vet and recently widowed while pregnant. Stephanie, an aspiring musician, and single mom Kimmy move in to help D.J. take care of her two boys and soon-to-arrive baby. With the other Tanner sisters aboard, the Olsens’ revival of Michelle would’ve been the icing on the cake. But it looks like the twins want to focus on their brand as opposed to reviving a childhood character.
Naturally, no one seems more disappointed than Uncle Jesse though. John Stamos, who is also on board to produce the series has responded on the sad news on Twitter, saying he was heartbroken, but wishes them the best. But, when he posted further thoughts to his Facebook page, the real truth on the matter came out:
Sounds like Stamos is pretty disappointed that “a few” aren’t in it for the fans. Fuller House is due to premiere on Netflix in 2016. Stay tuned for more details on the project.