While much of the cast is set to return, the Olsen twins’ participation has long been in question. Last month, the 28-year-old fashion powerhouses told Women’s Wear Daily that they had no idea the show was happening until John Stamos broke the news.
“We just found out about it today,” Mary-Kate told WWD. “I guess we’re going to talk to the creators and see what’s happening.”
Executive producer Robert L. Boyett announced Friday that the twins would not reprise their shared role as Michelle Tanner.
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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
The news isn’t a total shock as the Olsens have been notably absent from informal cast reunions documented on social media.
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The new 13-episode series will be on Netflix next year, and Stamos (who will produce and guest-star) explained that it will start off with a one-hour reunion and then be a spin-off series featuring DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure) and her three kids, along with her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and neighbor Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).