Gilmore Girls Revival: Melissa McCarthy Sets Return as Sookie!

The Stars (Hollow) have aligned.

After months of will-she or won’t-she speculation, Melissa McCarthy has agreed to reprise her role as Sookie in Netflix’s forthcoming Gilmore Girls revival, I’ve learned exclusively.

McCarthy is set to make the news official on Friday’s Ellen (scroll down to watch clip). “I’m going to go back and do it,” she enthusiastically told DeGeneres. “[Series creator] Amy Sherman-Palladino is going to squeeze me in to do it. I’m very happy to go back to Stars Hollow.”

Back in February, Sherman-Palladino cited McCarthy’s “f—ing busy” schedule as the reason the actress wasn’t written into the four-part continuation, adding, “But the thing I have said [to her team] is, ‘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.”

McCarthy quickly took to Twitter to say she never received said invite. “Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!”

Sherman-Palladino re-extended the invite this week in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We’ve just put it out into the universe; we’re here until May 10,” she told the mag. “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.”

According to sources, McCarthy will tape her appearance in the coming days.

Watch the Ellen clip below and then start celebrating in the comments!