Lauren Graham: People "misconstrued" Melissa McCarthy's delayed return to Gilmore Girls reboot

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Gilmore Girls will soon be back on our screens and the new episodes will also mark the return of one of the show's most beloved characters.

Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will reprise her role as Sookie St James despite Melissa previously saying she had not been asked to join the reboot.

Melissa McCarthy
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Lauren Graham, who returns as Lorelai Gilmore, said Melissa's decision was one of the most important factors in her return to Stars Hollow.

She told the Press Association: "She was a dear, dear friend of mine all through that time in particular and so important to Lorelai to have her best friend.

"It was misconstrued, I felt, in the way that people understood it because people think it's like working in a bank and you get your job and show up, and it's just not like that.

Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel (Netflix)
Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel (Netflix)

"So much hadn't yet even been discussed, nobody had gotten there, they were still worried if we could be there. I was in Atlanta shooting a movie and it was chaos, but when that finally worked out I personally felt so happy.

"She ended up shooting her scenes near the very end and I had been a complete wreck the entire time and it was no different that day, it felt really good."

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life will stream on Netflix on November 25 and series 1-7 are available now.