Season 2 Of ‘Fuller House’ Opens Door To Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen: Twins Vetoed Season 1 Because Of Lyme Disease?

As soon as the news broke that Fuller House had been renewed for a second season, the speculation over whether Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen would return began. Fans who had hoped for at least a cameo from one or both of the Olsen twins were disappointed during the first season of the Full House reboot, but will they have their dreams fulfilled or dashed during the second season?

The creator of the Netflix nostalgic spin-off was hopeful prior to the debut, he told E! News.

When Mary-Kate and Ashley both refused to re-join the cast, writers put in some references to their Michelle Tanner character that many interpreted as sly digs at the Olsen twins. Creator Jeff Franklin had maintained his dream that either or both twins would concede to do at least a cameo for Season 1.

Olsen twins still have a chance to star in "Fuller House."
Will Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star in the second season of "Fuller House?" [Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Variety]

“I am still hopeful that Mary-Kate or Ashley or both of them will come back and be a part of it, even if it’s just for an hour. We miss that. Everybody does feel that hole in the family,” revealed Franklin prior to the premiere late last month. “But it’s like, all family reunions, there’s always somebody that doesn’t show up. But hopefully next time around, we’ll have them back.”

That was then, but now that Season 2 has gotten a green light, could the situation change? At least one cast member is keeping the door open for the Olsen twins, reported Today.

Dave Coulier, who earned fame in the role of Uncle Joey, shared that the rest of the cast feels like a family, even when they’re not acting.

Coulier described himself as “disappointed” that he couldn’t experience the excitement of the revival with Mary-Kate and Ashley. However, Dave also emphasized that he feels that if the Olsen twins change their minds, they have an open invitation.

Could Mary-Kate Olsen choose to star in "Fuller House" without her twin?
Could Mary-Kate Olsen choose to star in "Fuller House" without her twin? [Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Diane Von Furstenberg]

As to how and why the reboot’s creative team came up with the idea of using Mary-Kate and Ashley’s real life career of fashion designers to cover their absence, creator Jeff Franklin explained that it received the best reaction from cast members after various other experiments on how to reference the Olsen twins character, revealed USA Today.

“We went back and forth on how to handle that moment and we tried a couple different reactions from the cast, but that one was just too funny not to do. It’s meant to be a playful little wink. We love Mary-Kate and Ashley and they’re invited back any time. We hope they decide to come and play next season, if there is one.”

The reference comes from Danny Tanner, played by Bob Saget, who describes fictional daughter Michelle as too “busy in New York running her fashion empire.”

But are Mary-Kate and Ashley really too busy with their fashion career, or do other reasons exist for the Olsen twins to turn down the offer? Rumors why they said no ranged from an under-the-radar feud to Lyme disease to Mary-Kate’s recent marriage.

The newlywed Olsen twin recently was seen flaunting her ring from husband Olivier Sarkozy, reported 9 News. Mary-Kate, 29, married the 40-year-old French banker after getting engaged in February last year. They had been together since 2012.

John Stamos posted a throwback photo with a congratulations for Olsen.

” ‘In the blink of an eye.’ Congrats MK,” wrote her former co-star.

However, it wasn’t the newly married Mary-Kate who initially hesitated about returning to her acting career, according to the Daily Mail.

Instead, in addition to saying that they had full schedules because of their fashion empire, the Olsen twins also revealed that Ashley was the one hesitant about acting again.

One possible reason? Ashley is reported to have Lyme disease, and has stayed out of the spotlight for several years because of the resulting health problems, according to a source cited by Fox News.

“She was diagnosed in the very late stages so early detection measures weren’t options for her,” said that source. “She’s really going through it.”

In addition, some rumors circulated of a feud. And there were some hints of negative feelings hiding behind the scenes when it comes to relationships between the Olsen twins and certain cast mates, reported E! News.

“I’ve been talking about this for years. Like five, six, seven years ago, Jeff and I started talking about it,” revealed John Stamos. “So they (other former cast members) all knew about it and they’d hear rumors.”

However, following the shift from rumors to real reports that Fuller House had been given the green light, the Olsen twins claimed that they hadn’t been included in the initial discussion.

“I ran into Bob [Saget] the other day and we didn’t even talk about it,” revealed Ashley following the announcement from Stamos on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“I’m shocked I haven’t heard,” chimed in Mary-Kate.

John first reacted angrily before trying to avoid any problems.

“I think there was some confusion. They said first I didn’t ask them. And I didn’t personally, but I was told they were asked. 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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