John Stamos also revealed the tiny poke at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen was his idea

By Mariah Haas and Aurelie Corinthios
Updated January 16, 2016 11:15 AM
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The cast of Fuller House was understanding of the Olsen twins’ decision not to participate in the Netflix reboot, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun with it.

At the Fox All-Star Party in Pasadena, California, on Friday, John Stamos opened up about the small poke at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the first episode of Fuller House, where the show plays upon the twins’ real-life career, explaining that Michelle Tanner is absent from the family reunion because she’s busy running her fashion empire in New York.

“It was my idea,” Stamos, 52, told reporters. “We were playing around with jokes, you know, it’s not meant to be a diss. It’s just kind of like, ‘Oh!’ ”

Mary-Kate and Ashley, now 29, portrayed Michelle on Full House from 1987 to 1995. As for their decision not to reprise the shared role, executive producer Bob Boyett told PEOPLE production conflicted with the the twins’ schedule as designers of The Row and Elizabeth and James, and that Ashley said she wasn’t comfortable acting since she hadn’t been in front of a camera since she was 17.

“Mary-Kate said, ‘It would have to be me because Ash doesn’t want to do it. But the timing is so bad for us,’ ” Boyett added.

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Regardless, Stamos said the gang had a good time getting back together.

“We always have fun,” the actor said Friday, adding that having Netflix as the platform gave them the advantage of slightly longer episodes.

“You know, I wanted to put a couple of dots in [the first episode], an homage, kind of. You know, the beauty of that show is that there was so much of it and it was so much fun and on Netflix we could turn it in, it was 33 minutes or something. We didn t have to keep it at 22. It was sweet. I think people will like it.”

“I try to manage expectations, but it’s been difficult – I hope people like it,” he said.

Fuller House premieres Feb. 26 on Netflix.