John Stamos Pitches ‘Full House’ Spinoff Idea That Does Not Involve Lori Loughlin

Hasta la vista, Aunt Becky! John Stamos proposed a Full House spinoff that would remove Lori Loughlin’s character from the equation entirely amid her college admissions scandal.

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“I think there’s a play that we go backward,” the actor, 55, told E! News in an interview published on Thursday, June 27. “Like, what happened before?”

Stamos elaborated on his idea, which focused on his character Jesse Katsopolis’ earlier years. “If you remember in the pilot of the show, my sister, Pam, dies, and that’s why it’s the three men raising the three girls, so I’d like to explore that — the brother, sister, maybe go back,” he teased. “We’ll see.”

John Stamos Spinoff Full House Without Lori Loughlin
John Stamos (L) and Lori Loughlin (R) attend the TV Land Icon Awards at The Barker Hanger on April 10, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

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This story line would seemingly cut Loughlin’s Becky Katsopolis from the canvas, since she and Jesse did not meet until season 2 of Full House. The fictional couple went on to marry and have twin sons Nicky and Alex.

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Full House aired from 1987 to 1995. The sitcom featured single dad Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), who raised his three children, played by Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, alongside his brother-in-law, Jesse, and pal Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) after his wife’s death.

John Stamos Spinoff Full House Without Lori Loughlin
John Stamos and Lori Loughlin on ‘Fuller House.’ Adam Rose / Netflix

The cast returned to Netflix’s Fuller House revival in 2016. Loughlin, 54, reprised her role as Becky, but her return is up in the air for the final season due to her legal woes. The actress was arrested in March for allegedly paying $500,000 to earn her daughters entry into the University of Southern California. She pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges.

Stamos admitted to Entertainment Tonight on Sunday, June 23, that he is still unsure of the When Calls the Heart alum’s future on Fuller House. “I haven’t been on the show yet and it hasn’t come up, so I’m going to talk to some people about it this week and see what’s going on,” he said. “I’m just going to wait a little longer before I talk about it. It’s a difficult situation for everyone involved. I don’t mean just on our side.”

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