John Stamos Says He got the 11-Month-Old Olsen Twins Fired from ‘Full House’ because He ‘Couldn’t Deal’ with their Constant Crying


John Stamos admits to being responsible for the dismissal of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, popularly known as the Olsen twins, from the hit sitcom “Full House.”

The twins gained immense fame for their portrayal of Michelle Tanner on the show.

During an appearance on the “Good Guys” podcast with Josh Peck and Ben Soffer on April 24, 2023, Stamos revealed the behind-the-scenes story of the twins’ departure. He explained that he faced difficulties working with them when they were just 11 months old during the filming of the first episode, where he shared a scene with Dave Coulier, who played Joey Gladstone.

In the particular episode, Jesse and Joey were depicted changing Michelle’s diaper in the kitchen. However, Stamos recalled that the filming was extremely challenging due to the constant crying of Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Recalling the incident, the 59-year-old star said, “We’re doing the scene. Joey and I were changing the baby, right? And Danny’s gone and said, ‘Take care of the kids.’ ‘Yeah, we got it. We got it.'”

Upon bringing the baby downstairs into the kitchen, Stamos explained that both twins were crying uncontrollably, making the scene incredibly arduous to shoot. He expressed his frustration, mentioning that the producers kept swapping the babies, assuring him that they wouldn’t cry.

“They were 11 months old, and god bless them. They kept switching: ‘This one’s not gonna cry.’ I couldn’t deal with it. And I said, ‘This is not gonna work.’ And so they got rid of them. They bring on these two redheaded kids… I’m sure their parents loved them and thought they were attractive,” Stamos shared.

However, Stamos quickly realized that the replacement actors didn’t match up to the Olsen twins. After just a few days, he insisted on bringing the Olsens back, describing the new kids as “terrible.” He longed for the familiar presence of Mary-Kate and Ashley on set.


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