It’s a new day and yet another turn in the Michelle Tanner story concerning Fuller House. As you may know, famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen passed on the opportunity to reprise the role of Michelle Tanner on the Netflix spin-off show Fuller House.
This made news because, for the most part, the entire cast, including minor characters, was coming back to reprise their roles for John Stamos’ passion project. Combine that with the fact that Stamos seemed to be a bit bitter about the twins’ lack of involvement, and it all made for an interesting story. Would the twins backtrack on their comments that they weren’t approached to join the new show? Would one of them reprise the role? Was there a chance that the campy show would kill off Michelle Tanner?
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Okay, so that last question wasn’t in anyone’s minds, but the lack of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s involvement from the very beginning did pose a lot of interesting questions. While we’ve known what the producers plan to do to keep Michelle Tanner’s spirit alive and well on the show, for the first time we’re hearing that Mary-Kate Olsen almost said yes to reprising the role.
That’s right, we almost got the chance to hear the catchphrase “You got it, dude!” coming out of the youngest Tanner’s mouth again. According to People, one of the producers let the cat out of the bag about the short-lived possibility. Ahead of Fuller House’s launch, “secrets” on the Full House set were exposed including scandals, friendships, and a “surprise romance.”
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Producer Bob Boyer said that they were close to scoring Mary-Kate Olsen for the role, but in the end, it supposedly came down to timing.
“Ashley said, ‘I have not been in front of a camera since I was 17 and I don’t feel comfortable acting.’ Mary-Kate said, ‘It would have to be me because Ash doesn’t want to do it, but the timing is so bad for us.'”
As we know, the twins have been very successful with their fashion empire, and as it turns out, the youngest Tanner girl won’t be on the show because she’s busy building her own empire in New York — just like the actresses that portrayed the character for eight years on the hit TGIF series.
The Inquisitr reported that at one point, the producers approached the Olsen twins’ younger sister Elizabeth Olsen to portray Michelle Tanner, but as it turns out, the producers couldn’t get it past her agent. John Stamos, who’s been very vocal about the spin-off and the production of the new show, told Andy Cohen about the short-lived idea.
“We actually went to—I don’t think this has been talked about… I didn’t do it, I think Jeff Franklin did—I said, ‘Call the sister [Elizabeth Olsen]. Ask her’… We talked to her agent and her agent was like, ‘Come on she’s not going to do that,’ but we did call her agent.”
Stamos also threw some “shade” at the twins during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
When asked about how it was like to see everyone again during filming for the Fuller House series, Stamos smirked, “It was just like a family reunion where some of the family members didn’t show up.”
In the same day, Stamos told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show that there was a bit of confusion when he called out the Olsen twins when they said they weren’t approached at first.
“They said first I didn’t ask them. And I didn’t personally, but I was told they were asked.”
He continued, “So, I had a knee-jerk reaction and said, ‘Bulls–t, I did ask them.’ And they got upset, so I did call and talked to Mary-Kate and explained what the show is going to be and told them I’d love for them to be on there and they decided not to, which I respect.”
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