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Melissa McCarthy Joins ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival: ‘I’m Very Happy to Be Back to Stars Hollow’

Melissa McCarthy Joins ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival: ‘I’m Very Happy to Be Back to Stars Hollow’
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On Friday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Melissa McCarthy made the big announcement that she is reprising her role as Sookie St. James on the Netflix revival of the show “Gilmore Girls."

She revealed, “[creator] Amy Sherman-Palladino is going to squeeze me in to do it and I’m very happy to go back to Stars Hollow... I’m just really excited about that. So it just happened and I got asked a lot about it and as of not even two hours ago it’s happening.” Watch!

Melissa added, "It is really exciting. There has been something that I have been asked about so, so many times and it hasn’t worked out and there is... they’re making four new movies of the ‘Gilmore Girls,’ which is a show which was near and dear to my heart for four years and we could not get those schedules to work. And there was a whole thing. And then I was gonna be out of the country and blah, blah, blah. And literally about an hour and a half ago, we figured out that I’m gonna go back and do it and I am so excited. And they are gonna be amazing.”

The announcement was made just after Amy had cleared the air on why Melissa was not part of the revival. She explained to Entertainment Weekly, “I’ve been told by her people for months, ‘Can’t happen. Can’t happen. Can’t happen.’”

She reiterated, "This business of people and managers and reps. There are a lot of layers and you can’t really get to people and you don’t know how things are being conveyed and who’s talking on your behalf. All I can tell the fans is we love her. She was a big part of the show... There’s nothing juicy or hidden here. It’s a matter of she’s one of the top working actresses in films today and we are very proud of her.”

Amy also said she would do everything in her power to have Melissa on the revival. She shared, “We’ve just put it out in the universe: We’re here until May 10. I know what the scene is. I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours. If she finds that time, I don’t care when it is, we will make it happen.”