Much to the delight of Gilmore Girls fans, Melissa McCarthy is coming aboard Netflix’s upcoming revival of the beloved series, revealing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they locked it down an hour-and-a-half before she chatted with DeGeneres.
Prior to her appearance on Ellen, McCarthy sat down with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle in the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview and said she really wasn’t expecting to return to the series after Cagle floated a theory that a secret cameo was in the works.
“I think it’s all just a ruse,” he said, “and we’re going to be surprised that Sookie is showing up on Gilmore Girls.”
After taking a beat, McCarthy replied with a laugh, “I would be very surprised if that happens.”
Watch more of The Jess Cagle Interview with Melissa McCarthy this week on PEOPLE.com
The actress and comedian, who currently appears in the new film The Boss, out now in theaters, added that she fully supports the revival.
“I’m excited they’re doing that,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s great. I get more questions about Gilmore than anything else. The fan base is so remarkable to me, and I’m really proud of that show. I actually am excited for my girls, when they’re a little older, to start watching that. I think it was a really great show, and I love that those characters are going to come back. It just, timing-wise, was not right.”
Gilmore Girls will return to Netflix this year, with four 90-minute movies that reunite stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and many other familiar faces. Amy Sherman-Palladino is back as well, to shepherd the show back into fans’ lives.
“I love that they’re doing movies instead of a new series. I think every way they’re doing it is very cool,” McCarthy said.
Watch McCarthy chat about Gilmore Girls, and check out her full interview with Cagle, in the clips above.