It’s a bad news day for “Full House” fans and those excited about the upcoming spinoff “Fuller House.” The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, confirmed that they would not be a part of the reunion on Netflix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, after weeks of speculation that the duo who played Michelle Tanner wasn’t interested in coming back to reprise their role, producers have confirmed that the Olsen Twins aren’t joining the returning cast members.
“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 (via THR). "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."
Since their time on the show ended in 1995, they’ve mostly bowed out of acting in favor of running their respective fashion lines The Row and Elizabeth and James. Unfortunately, the impact of their loss will be felt on the series. However, producer and star John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse in the original '90s series, doesn’t want fans to worry that the show will suffer in quality.
“I understand they’re in a different place and I wish them the best,” the actor wrote on his Twitter page. “I promise you will not be disappointed with our reunion and spin off!”
Previously the 51-year-old actor had some choice words for the Olsen twins when they initially said they hadn’t been approached for the series after it was announced that “Fuller House” would be made into a Netflix original.
Stamos heads the list of names from "Full House" that will return for the series along with Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) and Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey). Bob Saget (Danny Tanner) and Lori Loughlin (Rebecca Katsopolis) are reportedly in talks to reprise their roles as well.
As previously reported, the show is expected to start out as a reunion of the Tanner family and eventually spin off into a new series that follows a pregnant, recently widowed D.J. When she needs help taking care of her two boys, her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy move in to help her out, much in the same way her uncle and family friend Joey stepped up at the beginning of the original "Full House."
There’s currently no word on a release date for “Fuller House” or how the show will address the absence of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Previous reports indicated that their sister, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” star, Elizabeth Olsen, could step up to fill in.