Melissa McCarthy, the Oscar-nominated actress well-known for “Bridesmaids” and the recent “Ghostbusters” remake, has revealed that she won’t return as Sookie in the “Gilmore Girls” revival from Netflix.
The 45-year-old “Spy” star told E! News that she wasn’t invited to return to the comedy-drama series that ran from 2000 to 2007. “I don’t think I am. I didn’t actually get asked to do it. But I think they thought I was busy, and then by the time it did come up, then I actually was,” McCarthy said.
She had actually tweeted last month that she had not been asked to reprise her accident-prone character in the “Gilmore Girls” revival after being asked by a Tara Gibson to return to the show. “Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!” she had replied.
Though it’s definitely sad news for fans of Melissa McCarthy and Sookie herself, the actress is pretty excited to learn that the popular show is being revived. “I’m actually thrilled that it’s happening. I loved that show, and I think the fans for that show are super loyal and great and I will watch every single one of them,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy added that she may jump on board if she was asked and put on her kitchen robes. “I want to cook again. I want to put salt and then stir,” she told E! News, adding “That was seven years of my life and it was really great. I was proud of that show.”
However, it should be noted that “Gilmore Girls” series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had, in fact, reached out to McCarthy’s team asking about whether the actress could make an appearance on the show’s revival. “She’s really f—ing busy,” Sherman Palladino had said. “But the thing I have said [to her team] is, Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene. Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over [to the set] — even if for just a cameo — we would be totally game. And if it’s a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That’s the way we left it,” Palladino told TVLine.
Though Melissa McCarthy is not returning to “Gilmore Girls” at this time, many of the original cast members are. E! News reports that Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Yanic Truesdale, Matt Czuchry, Jared Padalecki, Kelly Bishop, Milo Ventimiglia, Liza Weil, Liz Torres, Jackson Douglas, Sally Struthers, Michael Winters, Emily Kuroda, Vanessa Marano, Danny Strong, David Sutcliffe, Keiko Agena, and Sean Gunn are all coming back to reprise their respective characters. However, actor Edward Hermann who played Richard Gilmore died in 2014, so that character won’t appear in the show. However, Hermann’s character will be mentioned in the show as having passed away and will influence the lives of the main characters.
TV.com mentions that there will be four episodes of 90-minutes in length and will correspond to the four seasons, beginning with “Winter” and ending with “Fall.” No dates have been announced, though.