Not So Fuller House: Olsen Twins Not Returning For Full House Spin Off

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Many of us held out hope, but few thought it would actually occur, and now we have confirmation that neither of the Olsen twins will be reprising their roles in the Full House spin off.

Ever since the news came out last month that a Full House spin off was on the cards from Netflix, fans have been on tenterhooks about whether the youngest tanner daughter, Michelle, would be part of the cast. Played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley over the show’s eight seasons, Michelle Tanner undoubtedly brought the cute factor to the family sitcom. Quick with the adorable one-liners, always eager to get into mischief, and a big fan of her Uncle Jesse’s (John Stamos), Michelle, along with Uncle Jesse, has earned her place in the canon of iconic sitcom stars. Who doesn’t recall “You got it dude” or “Aw nuts”? How about “Duh!” or “Oh please!”? And show me an episode where “You’re in big trouble mister” wasn’t said at least once.

Yep, all classic Michelle Tanner lines and ones we’ll have to do without in Fuller House.

In a statement from the series’ executive producer Robert L. Boyett, the hope that many had of the entire cast returning was dashed.

“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.”

Since the series finished, the twins have gone on to build their own empire. Starring in a number of direct-to-video movies and specials produced by their own company, and starring in two short-lived TV series (Two Of A Kind and So Little Time), they have turned their attention to fashion in more recent years, launching two fashion lines, The Row and Elizabeth and James.

Fuller House will focus on the two eldest Tanner daughters, D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure) and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and D.J.’s best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber). Now all grown up, the three girls all come to live together following the death of D.J.’s husband. With two young boys and a third child on the way, D.J. can use all the help she can get, turning to her sister and her best friend, like her father before her.

Apart from the main three stars, a number of members from the Tanner household will also make appearances throughout the season.

Stamos, who is also producing the series as well as returning as Uncle Jesse, took to Twitter after hearing the news, expressing what many fans were feeling.

He also elaborated further on Facebook, saying:

“Just so you reporters know – this is not a money gig for any of us- quite the opposite – we want to give the fans what they deserve for supporting us for so many years- we all just want to have fun – do it in a classy way on netflix and have a good time- sad that a few don’t share the rest of the cast’s opinion – i can only wish them the best – JS”

Fuller House will debut on Netflix next year.

Clare Sidoti
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