Gilmore Girls fans prepare your happy dance. TIME has just confirmed that Melissa McCarthy will, in fact, be reprising her role on the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls.
While the news was supposed to be revealed on Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hollywood insiders got wind of McCarthy’s confirmed Gilmore Girls appearance and couldn’t contain themselves.
As previously reported by Inquisitr, rumors began to fly about the Gilmore Girls returning after cast members expressed interest during last year’s ATX festival.
Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino later confirmed that viewers would get a glimpse of what was going on in the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore on Netflix in a four-part movie miniseries. Netflix proved to be the perfect venue for the updated version of Gilmore Girls given the renewed interest in the series after the streaming service uploaded all seven original seasons.
According to Vanity Fair, McCarthy was responding to the many requests from fans to reprise her Gilmore Girls role when she made the reveal.
Amy Sherman-Palladino had remarked that she had been in touch with McCarthy’s camp about making an appearance on the new Gilmore Girls and was told that Melissa didn’t have time in her schedule. Entertainment Weekly, which is currently running a special Gilmore Girls reunion issue, released a statement from Sherman-Palladino stating that she was holding a spot for Melissa if she could spare two hours.
“We’ve just put it out in the universe: We’re (Gilmore Girls cast and crew) here until May 10. I know what the scene is. I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours. If she finds that time, I don’t care when it is, we will make it happen,” Sherman-Palladino revealed. As McCarthy told Ellen, it seemed like she found those two hours to get her Gilmore on.
“Literally about an hour and half ago we figured out that I’m gonna go back and do it and I am so excited. And they are gonna be amazing,” McCarthy revealed. And Gilmore Girls fans everywhere are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief that all is once again right with the world of Lorelai Gilmore.
In fact, Lorelai Gilmore herself (actress Lauren Graham) took to Twitter to express her joy over the announcement.
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) April 8, 2016
While it has been revealed that the Gilmore Girls revival will take place across four seasons, so much else remains a mystery. Did Lorelai Gilmore ever marry Luke? Did Rory Gilmore choose Dean, Jess, Logan, or some new mystery man? Is Lane still rocking out, possibly with her twins and husband forming a family band?
Netflix has yet to announce when the Gilmore Girls revival will finally air, though they have released official photos to appease the fans. Amy Sherman-Palladino, who was kept from working on the show’s final original season due to botched contract negotiations, assures Gilmore fans that all will be revealed, including the mysterious four words she wanted to use to end the series in its original run. Who knows? Maybe Melissa McCarthy will have the honor of uttering them.
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