Before she appeared in mega comedy hits such as Bridesmaids, Tammy and Spy, Melissa McCarthy got her big start in the long-running Warner Bros. series Gilmore Girls as the lovable Sookie St. James. But despite playing the character of Sookie for seven seasons, McCarthy herself has now confirmed that there's absolutely no chance that she will be returning for the upcoming Gilmore Girls: Seasons series.
No! This is worse than the time Sookie had to watch Jackson and his friends deep fry every food possible on Thanksgiving!
To be honest, for a major Gilmore Girls fan like myself the news is pretty devastating. Sookie was a major part of the show in its original run, and it would have been amazing to catch up with her in the upcoming series. But what is even more frustrating about the fact that McCarthy isn't returning, is that it all seems to have stemmed from a lack of communication!
Way back on February 1, show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told TVLine that she had been in touch with McCarthy's team, telling them that Melissa was welcome on the upcoming series in whatever capacity her schedule would allow for, saying:
"She’s really f—ing busy. But the thing I have said [to her team] is, 'Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene.' Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it."
However on February 2 a tweet sent out by McCarthy seemed to contradict Sherman-Palladino's comment:
And now sadly, in an interview this week with Refinery 29, McCarthy has totally shut down any possibility of an appearance by Sookie in the series, saying:
"It’s not. They didn’t ask. And once this came out, because people were starting to say, ‘Oh, you won't do it. You're too big and busy now.’ I was like, ‘No. No one invited me to the party. I didn't get a single call.’ And then after that, it was kind of, ‘Well, she'd like to do it, you guys can call us.’ I have to call and ask? And now I can’t make it happen. I thought it was the strangest thing. I am really proud of that show. I can’t wait for my kids to see it."
This is seriously sad, and to be honest it sounds like the whole thing was a massive miscommunication between McCarthy and Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Despite McCarthy not returning to Gilmore Girls, she still has a jam-packed schedule for 2016 — including the release of her new film The Boss on April 8, and the Ghostbusters reboot in July.
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Source: Refinery 29