Full House star John Stamos has admitted that he briefly wanted the Olsen twins fired from the popular US sitcom.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen began their acting career as babies on the classic series, sharing the role of Michelle Tanner. They would go on to appear in all but one of the sitcom’s 192 episodes between 1987 to 1995.
In a trailer for Lifetime’s forthcoming TV movie The Unauthorized Full House Story, an actor portraying Stamos is seen complaining about the twins’ tendency to cry on set. Asked during a US press event yesterday if this clip bears any resemblance to the truth, Stamos replied: “It’s sort of true – the Olsen twins would cry a lot.”
“It was very difficult to get the shot, so that is 100 percent accurate,” Stamos continued. “I said, ‘Get rid of these kids.’ They brought in a couple of unattractive redheaded kids, and we tried that for a while and that didn’t work. So it was, ‘All right, invite the Olsen twins back.’ That’s the story.”
Earlier this year Netflix ordered a Full House spin-off series to air in 2016. Stamos will reprise his role as Uncle Jesse in the spin-off series, which has been titled Fuller House, joined by his fellow original stars Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber. However, the Olsen twins – who have concentrated on their careers as fashion designers in recent years – have confirmed that they will not be returning.