Despite most of the original cast of Full House instantly signing on to appear in the upcoming Netflix spin-off Fuller House, today there has been unfortunate news that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became famous for playing little Michelle Tanner in the series, will not be a part of the new show.
The sad news came via a statement that executive producer Robert L. Boyett gave to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday:
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...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.
Despite Mary-Kate Olsen having not acted since 2011, and Ashley Olsen since 2010, the news that neither of the two will appear in the reboot obviously still came as a shock to Full House star, and Fuller House executive producer John Stamos, who tweeted the following after learning the news:
He later took to his Facebook page to share more of his thoughts and obvious disappointment on the twins' decision not to return:
After all that social media posting from Stamos, I'd say it's fair to say he felt similar to how Uncle Jesse was feeling in this Season 4 clip from Full House (warning: this video contains great hair and emotional scenes):
Despite the Olsen twins opting not to return, Fuller House is set to debut on Netflix in 2016. The show will star original Full House cast members Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner, and Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler. John Stamos and Dave Coulier are confirmed to reprise their roles as Uncle Jesse and Joey in guest capacities. Meanwhile Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin are current in talks to return as Danny Tanner and Aunt Becky.
The show itself will center around D.J. Tanner-Fuller who is pregnant, recently widowed, and living in San Francisco with her sons. Unable to cope her sister Stephanie, an aspiring musician, and best friend Kimmy (now a single mom to teenage daughter Ramona) move in with D.J. to help her raise her two, soon-to-be three, sons.