Milo Ventimiglia has some news for Gilmore Girls fans, even if he probably wasn’t supposed to announce it. According to Movie Pilot, Ventimiglia gave an update on the paternity of Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) baby during a panel discussion at London’s Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.
“Just so you know, it’s not Jess’ kid,” Milo said of Rory’s pregnancy announcement in relation to his Gilmore Girls character.
It’s not clear if Milo said the sentence with a wink and a smile, but either way, Gilmore Girls fans might want to scratch Jess Mariano off of the paternity short list. Ventimiglia played Rory’s on-and-off boyfriend for five seasons on the original incarnation of the family-themed dramedy.
Last fall, the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life, ended with a cliffhanger when Rory told her mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham) that she was pregnant, but the four-part series ended without revealing any details on who her baby daddy is. The most likely contenders for the title were Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) and Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki). Still, longtime fans of the series were secretly hoping that Bledel and Ventimiglia’s characters had a secret one nighter off-camera that produced the impending bundle of joy.
But on the Golden Globes red carpet in January, Milo said he personally didn’t think any of the three men were the baby’s father.
Not only did Milo Ventimiglia squash that ultimate shipper’s dream (twice!), but he once again reiterated that fans should be happy they got a mini revival a decade after the originals series signed off and that it should be enough for them.
“I’m very happy that the fans and the audience got those last four episodes,” Milo said. “They should be happy with that.” Ventimiglia said he’s personally happier about the two-season pickup for his hit NBC drama This Is Us.
This isn’t the first time Milo Ventimiglia has put a damper on the idea of a second Gilmore Girls revival. Earlier this year, Ventimiglia told Variety that he would probably return to the series out of respect for his longtime friends and show creators, Dan Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino, but that he does think audiences need to know when to cut the cord.
“I do kind of feel like audiences shouldn’t get so greedy. They were given a last serving of pie — why don’t we just leave it at that?” Milo said.
When asked if he has had any ideas on who the father of Rory’s baby could be, Ventimiglia said he didn’t—and he made it clear that he didn’t spend his free time wondering about such things.
“Let me be real honest: When I worked on the show, that was my present but that’s 13 years in the rearview for me now,” Milo told Variety.
“So I don’t spend what little free time I have wondering about the baby of a past TV flame.”
As for why the Gilmore Girls revival signed off without revealing who the baby’s father is, that was done by design. In a statement posted by Cinema Blend, Amy Sherman-Palladino said the final scene wasn’t supposed to be about the men in Rory’s life.
“It really wasn’t about the father; it was about the event,” she said.
“People can make their own conclusions about who the father is, there’s not a thousand choices out there, but it really wasn’t about the boy because, quite frankly, one of the things that’s always been a little weird is how obsessed with Rory’s love life everybody got when the point of the show was never about their love lives.”
You can see Milo Ventimiglia as Jess on Gilmore Girls in the video below.
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