It’s been confirmed that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen won’t appear on Netflix’s upcoming reunion/spinoff “Fuller House.” However, that doesn’t mean that their character, Michelle Tanner, won’t still have a great impact on the others in the show.
As previously reported, the duo that got their start at nine months old won’t return in their adult life to play Michelle. Following a very successful career as child actors, the girls are more focused on their respective fashion lines and business ventures than they are getting in front of a camera again.
“Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of ‘Fuller House,’ I know how much ‘Full House’ has meant to them and they are still very much considered family,” executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House.”
Luckily for fans, no one behind the production of “Fuller House” seems to be too concerned with the Olsen twins not returning, as cast members Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), Lori Loughlin (Rebecca Donaldson), Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) are all confirmed to return. However, without anyone to play Michelle Tanner, the new spinoff will have to address their absence, something Jodie Sweetin says won’t be a big issue for the series at all.
“The Michelle character is still going to have a presence. It's not like were not talking about her," Sweetin told Us Weekly. "I love and support [Mary-Kate and Ashley], and I think we're going to be just fine."
The show will begin with a reunion special of the characters from the popular '90s sitcom before spinning off into its very own modern-day reboot. DJ Tanner will return as a mother and recent widow. When raising her children becomes too difficult to do on her own, she enlists the help of her sister Stephanie and her best friend Kimmy. The duo moves in to help DJ raise her boys, gender swapping the original premise of “Full House.”
Given how much time will have passed between the ending of “Full House” and the premiere of “Fuller House,” there are a bevy of logical ways to write Michelle out of the show as she’d be a full-blown adult by 2015.