Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen became famous for the shared role of the adorable Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House, which ran from 1987 to 1995. However, a spinoff, Fuller House, is about to stream on Netflix, and neither of the Olsen twins will be involved. People reports that producer Bob Boyett was told by Mary-Kate and Ashley that they didn’t want to reprise their role as Michelle.
“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.”
— Celebrity_Zoo (@Celebrity_Zoo) May 24, 2015
Mary-Kate and Ashley have busy lives as fashion designers and have two fashion lines, Elizabeth and James and The Row.
— Doris E. Halloran (@dorisehallor) November 11, 2014
Production of Fuller House conflicted with their schedule. John Stamos said he could relate to where Mary-Kate and Ashley are in their professional lives.
“Lori [Loughlin] was talking to me about the twins and said, ‘They just won a CFDA award.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s like winning an Oscar.’ It was them and Tom Ford. I get where they’re at.”
It’s also significant that when they made the original show, Mary-Kate and Ashley were just babies. David Coulier explained the twins had no real sense of what they were doing or as much a sense of family and belonging as the rest of the cast, due to their young age.
“They’re family members. But I think they have a different perspective. When we get together and we reminisce, they were babies [at the time]. So they don’t share those same memories. I can’t really speak for them but I would understand why they don’t have the same sentiments that we all do.”
— STAUNCH (@KammBe) August 7, 2015
It’s true that Mary-Kate and Ashley were just like family members when it comes to the original cast. Despite his words of understanding of where the twins are in their career, E! News reports that when John Stamos recently appeared on The Tonight Show and spoke with Jimmy Fallon about the Full House reunion, he seemed a little put out by Mary-Kate and Ashley’s absence.
“It was just like a family reunion where some of the family members didn’t show up.”
People also reports that since Mary-Kate and Ashley won’t be participating, the storyline in the show is going to use their real-life reason as to why Michelle isn’t there. It turns out, Michelle couldn’t make the Tanner reunion because she is so busy running her fashion empire in New York City.
Even though Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not able to participate in Fuller House, the entire rest of the cast will be back for the first episode. Candace Cameron-Bure talked about the new show last May, and described it as a “flop” – meaning the opposite – of the original series.
In Fuller House, D.J. Tanner moves back into her old house with her three children. She is widowed, and has her sister, Stephanie, and friend, Kimmy Gibbler, move in with her. It’s the complete opposite of the original show, but the same premise.
No doubt, fans would love to see little Michelle Tanner (who would obviously be all grown up) in the new spinoff Fuller House. The twins sure have changed over the years.
They aren’t the same little girls who lit up the Full House set with Michelle’s phrase “How rude!” Fans will definitely miss Mary-Kate and Ashley in the Full House reunion, but sometimes that’s how life works.
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