Only days after the "Gilmore Girls" revival was officially confirmed by Netflix, many original cast members have already been confirmed to return. But will comedy superstar Melissa McCarthy be among them? As of right now, it's looking like a firm "no" -- and the actress says she was never even asked.
That was McCarthy's claim on Twitter on Tuesday, when she responded to an interview in which "Gilmore" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said she had reached out to McCarthy's representatives about possibly fitting in a small Sookie cameo. Here's what ASP told TVLine in the original interview:
"She's really f—ing busy," Sherman Palladino acknowledges. "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."
But according to McCarthy, she never got that message.
"Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow," McCarthy said in response to a fan pleading with the star to answer Sherman-Palladino's call. The actress added that she wishes those involved with the revival "all the best."
Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!! https://t.co/II2Atug4wx
— Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) February 2, 2016
It's unclear who to believe in this scenario. Would Sherman-Palladino really not bother attempting to get McCarthy on board, even knowing that it was unlikely the busy star could join in? Or did McCarthy's management simply not give her the message, because they, too, knew it probably wouldn't work out? Something seems fishy here.
Either way, it looks like McCarthy's absence, though obviously glaring, won't really affect the plot of the revival, which Sherman-Palladino said would explain away why Lorelai's BFF wasn't around. (Much like fellow Netflix revival property "Fuller House" will excuse Michelle's absence.) The creator told TVLine that fans could expect a reference to the chef, but they'd still love to have McCarthy in the flesh if she was willing and able.
"[I]f her people called me up and said she's free on these particular days or would love to drop by and just be in one scene, we would put her right in," Sherman-Palladino said.
Here's hoping they can work something out.
The "Gilmore Girls" revival is in production now. It's slated to appear on the streaming service sometime later this year.