Stars Hollow Won’t Be The Same Without Sookie

Every Gilmore Girls fan has been in a lather since Netflix announced it’s ordered four new 90-minute episodes of the screwball sitcom, but not everything is coming up roses in Stars Hollow, CT. First, there’s the tragic fact that Edward Herrmann, who played patriarch Richard Gilmore, passed away in 2014 from cancer. Kelly Bishop, who plays Emily Gilmore, told TVLine, “Ed’s probably going to be hovering around the set a bit and watching over us. I really do believe that. Because he really loved the show.” However, another beloved character will be missing from the line-up, and this one is leaving a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Melissa McCarthy, who played Lorelai’s best friend Sookie St. James, tweeted at a fan, “Thanks for the invite, but sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!”

The day before, GG creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told TVLine, “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… 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.”

Sookie wasn’t in every episode, and McCarthy’s schedule is indeed “crazypants,” but it would be a serious bummer if we didn’t get a chance to catch up with this fan favorite. The only thing that would make this worse? If Logan Huntzberger’s still on the scene. Ugh, that guy.