Former actresses choose to remain focused on their fashion brands and various business endeavors
Looks like the house won’t be quite so full for the upcoming “Full House” sequel series “Fuller House.”
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, who collectively played Michelle Tanner on the original series, will not be returning for the Netflix reboot, executive producer Robert L. Boyett said 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,” Boyett said in a statement. “I appreciate their support and good wishes towards ‘Fuller House.'”
The Olsens’ participation on the series, which will air on Netflix, has been a point of controversy since the project was announced. Mary-Kate Olsen had been quoted as saying that she and her sister hadn’t heard from John Stamos — who will guest on and produce the series — about the project.
In response, Stamos fired off a sharp-tongued tweet, writing, “I call bullshit,” though later he tweeted that he had a “sweet talk” with Mary-Kate Olsen.
While the Olsens have taken a pass on the show, there will be plenty of returning faces. In addition to Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber will be on “Fuller House,” while Dave Coulier will appear on at least one episode.
The series, which has received a 13-episode order, will see Bure and Sweetin reprising their roles as D.J. and Stephanie Tanner, 20 years after the end of the original series in 1995. In the new version, D.J. is now a veterinarian, pregnant and recently widowed, still living in San Francisco. Stephanie, an aspiring musician, and Kimmy Gibler (Barber), now a single mother herself, along with Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s two boys — the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max — and her soon-to-arrive baby.