Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be seen in the upcoming Full House reboot Fuller House, and new rumors surrounding the twins’ decision to skip the reunion are coming forward.
Both Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen were asked to be involved with Fuller House, but both turned down the opportunity. One speculated reason the twins may have declined the invitation revolves around the timing involved with asking Mary-Kate and Ashley to join.
When news of Fuller House was first released, Women’s Wear Daily reported that the Olsen twins might not have been asked right away. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in April 2015, Ashley Olsen stated that she had recently “ran into Bob [Saget] the other day and we didn’t even talk about it.” She went on to add more details about the delayed invitation.
“We just found out about it today. I guess we’re going to talk to the creators and see what’s happening.”
Mary-Kate Olsen — who was also on the show — added she was caught off-guard that one of the actors did not contact her to return to the role, saying, “I’m shocked I haven’t heard from John [Stamos].”
Fuller House will debut its first season on Netflix this weekend, releasing all of its 13 episodes on the same day. The show focuses on eldest Tanner daughter DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) as a newly widowed mother of four boys. To help her raise her family, sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy Gibbler move in to help out. Those roles are played by the original cast members, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, respectively.
While neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley Olsen return as youngest sister Michelle, nearly all of the other original cast members from Full House make appearances. In fact, it was Uncle Jesse portrayer John Stamos who helped get the show moving, and he now serves as an executive producer for Fuller House.
For his part, John Stamos said he was hurt that neither Mary-Kate Olsen nor Ashley Olsen wanted to be in Fuller House, but it looks like all is forgiven now. John Stamos posted a video to his Instagram page of both Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashely Olsen playing around with him in Hawaii in 1989. After bopping him in the head, one Olsen twin gives John Stamos a hug while the other Olsen twin gives him a kiss.
Other cast mates seem to have made peace with the absence of Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. In a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Candace Cameron Bure said that she would welcome Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen back onto the Fuller House set.
“The door’s open if they want to [come on]. We make reference to them on the show though so they are not forgotten. We talk about them.”
Another well-circulated reason why Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen decided not to return to Fuller House revolves around their budding fashion empire. In April, the Olsen twins will launch their first retail store for their fashion line Elizabeth and James. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the retail store will be at The Grove in Los Angeles and will have 3,000 square feet of space to fill with clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, accessories, and fragrances.
While Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen have spent a lot of their time in New York over the past few years, they sat down with Women’s Wear Daily to discuss opening their first store in Los Angeles. Ashely explained that she and sister Mary-Kate Olsen wanted to make by opening their first store in the California city.
“There’s so much foot traffic there. We were born and raised in Los Angeles, so for us it’s where our customer is. The customer’s already there, she doesn’t need to drive.”
The Olsen twins hope to continue to innovate with their clothing line. Mary-Kate Olsen explained their collective vision for future collections as being built through strong customer service relations.
“I think the most important thing was not losing business but maintaining and then growing. Continuing the trust, being able to deliver on time, making sure the product’s right and the quality is there.”
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