As we learned recently, Netflix’s Gilmore Girls reboot is definitely a go, but sans Melissa McCarthy, whose star has risen dramatically since she left Stars Hollow. (I’m sorry. I’m sorry.) Creator Amy Sherman Palladino has said McCarthy’s absence is due to the fact that she’s “really fucking busy.” McCarthy has a different version of that story.

In an interview with TV Line, Sherman Palladino said she’s talked to McCarthy’s people, and said “‘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.”

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She continued:

“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,” explains AS-P. “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.”

Well it seems like something was lost in translation, perhaps between Sherman Palladino or Melissa (newly released from Mike & Molly jail) and her people, as Vulture points out.

Can you imagine the fevered phone calls being made between Hollywood offices now? I can!

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In better news, Kelly Bishop will indeed be back, and if you’d like to read some fun updates about what we have to expect from her, or from Lauren Graham, or Scott Patterson, go forth. Time, I am sorry to say, has indeed passed for everyone but Lauren Graham’s face, but all we can do is look ahead.


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