How Fuller House Will Explain Michelle Tanner's Absence

Art is imitating life with the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen character

By Chris Harnick Dec 08, 2015 4:34 PMTags
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When the Tanner family reunites on Fuller House, they'll be short one daughter. Yes, it's no secret Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will not be taking part in Netflix's Full House follow up series. So how will the new series explain Michelle Tanner's absence? Basically how producers explained the Olsen twins'.

In Fuller House, according to Us Weekly, Michelle Tanner will be living in New York working on creating her fashion empire. What a stretch! Netflix declined to comment. A source told E! News that Fuller House may have shot multiple reactions to the lack of Michelle Tanner. Mary-Kate and Ashley have fashion brands The Row and Elizabeth and James in real life.

Producers announced the Olsens would not be part of the mega reunion that kicks off the show, but veterans Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, Scott Weinger and Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit will appear.

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"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," executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a May 2015 statement about Mary-Kate and Ashley's absence from the reunion. "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."

Loughlin revealed the twins did not make a cameo this season and she doesn't expect them to appear should Netflix order more. "No, I don't think they're going to make a cameo. They didn't this season," Loughlin told HuffPost.

John Stamos is executive producer alongside the show's original producers and will appear in guest appearances as well. Fuller House follows Candace Cameron Bure's DJ Tanner as a widowed mom who enlists her best friend and single mom Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) and sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) to help raise her family.

Fuller House is set to debut on Netflix in 2016.

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