Ever since Netflix announced the Full House revival series Fuller House back in April, one of the burning questions on fans' minds is whether or not Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will return as Michelle Tanner. Since then, we've heard varying reports, some claiming they may come back, others claiming they won't, until last month, when Lori Loughlin revealed that production had wrapped, and the Olsen Twins did not come back. Today, we have a new report from US Magazine, which reveals the show's producers have come up with a way to explain Michelle Tanner's absence.
An unidentified insider claims that Fuller House cast members will mention that Michelle is now living in New York, building her own fashion empire. This is a reference to Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen themselves, who both live in New York and have several different fashion lines that they run, including The Row and Elizabeth and James. This source also claims that an unidentified character in one episode prank calls Michelle by saying "You got it, dude," which was young Michelle's catch phrase during the show's original eight-season run.
Netflix issued a 13-episode order for Fuller House back in April, with the series centering on original Full House stars Candace Cameron Bure as DJ, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie and Andrea Barber as DJ's best friend, Kimmy Gibbler. The story follows DJ Tanner-Fuller, pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco. D.J.'s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) and D.J.'s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Barber), along with Kimmy's feisty 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.
John Stamos is also reprising his role as Uncle Jesse and serving as a producer on Fuller House, with Dave Coulier (Cousin Joey), Bob Saget (Danny Tanner) and Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky) also returning in guest-starring roles. Original series creator Jeff Franklin returned to create this new show and executive produce with Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller. Netflix revealed earlier this year that the show will debut in 2016, but a specific release date has not been given.
While Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen continued to act for several years after Full House went off the air in 1995, they have largely focused on their fashion endeavors. Mary-Kate Olsen was last seen on the big screen in 2011's Beastly, while Ashley Olsen had an uncredited role in the 2010 documentary I'm Still Here. What do you think about how Fuller House is addressing the absence of Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen?