Melissa McCarthy Says She Was Not Asked to Be in ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival
Will Stars Hollow be missing its Sookie St. James?
Melissa McCarthy, who played the bubbly Dragonfly Inn chef on Gilmore Girls, is claiming that she was not asked to be part of the beloved series’ upcoming revival on Netflix. In a tweet responding to a fan’s plea to have Sookie appear in new four-parter, McCarthy, 45, says she cannot reprise her role as she was not approach by anyone from the show, including creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
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
However, contrary to McCarthy’s claims, Sherman-Palladino previously said that the show had reached out to the actress’ people about the part.
“She’s really fucking busy,” Sherman-Palladino told TV Line. “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.”
According to Sherman-Palladino, the revival currently stands without a Sookie storyline. As of now, lead actresses Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham are both confirmed to return as well as fan-favorites Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop.
“It was a character we knew we could not count on in terms of story, because [Melissa] just simply wouldn’t have that sort of time to carve out for us,” Sherman-Palladino explains of the absence of Sookie in the upcoming episodes. “It simply would’ve been impossible. Planning around her crazypants schedule and her movies and her this and her that and Ghostbusters… I would just be sobbing in a corner for six months. That would be my whole life. But if 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.”