Chad Michael Murray's "Gilmore Girls" character, Tristan Dugray, returned for the Netflix revival "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," but the actor himself did not. At the time, TVLine simply reported that Chad Michael Murray "declined an invitation to appear," leading to a recast with "Days of Our Lives" star Anton Narinskiy in the role. Put that way, it sounded like CMM thought he was too fancy for "Gilmore Girls." But the reason he shared was a lot more awwww-worthy.

Murray just talked to Entertainment Tonight to promote his new CMT show "Sun Records," and he was asked about "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life." What happened there? The actor explained:

"I heard [it was happening] and I wasn't available at the time. I'm pretty positive I was having a baby, my first child."

CMM and his wife, actress Sarah Roemer, announced the birth of their first child, a son, in 2015. Roemer is currently pregnant with their second child, a girl.

Murray continued to ET:

"It just did not work into what we were doing at that moment, so I know that somebody went out and was Tristan, but it wasn't me. But I hear [he gives a round of applause] strong work, good job, man! You know, Tristan's secret was be that guy that every girl wants to be next to, but just isn't sure they should be, and I heard he did it well."

When Murray was asked if he'd heard about the (in)famous final four words, he basically guessed them, and he seems to hope "Gilmore Girls" uses them as a launchpad to continue.

Watch part of his interview:

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