‘Gilmore Girls’: An On-Set Joke Got Melissa McCarthy In Trouble With 2 Tour Groups

Melissa McCarthy spent seven seasons on the set of Gilmore Girls. In recent years, her costars have all spoken openly about their favorite moments from the series. While McCarthy rarely discusses Gilmore Girls with the press, she did take part in a Reddit AMA in 2015. During the online event, McCarthy revealed her favorite moment from her time on the show happened during her on-set downtime.

Melissa McCarthy played Sookie St. James for seven seasons on Gilmore Girl

McCarthy spent seven years on Gilmore Girls playing Sookie St. James. The accident-prone chef was the perfect best friend and business partner for Lorelai Gilmore. Fans and critics largely consider Gilmore Girls McCarthy’s breakout role, and Sookie quickly became a fan favorite.

McCarthy almost didn’t play the famed inn chef, though. Alex Borstein was initially tapped to portrayed Sookie in the pilot. When she couldn’t get out of her Mad TV contract, the team recast the role. Borstein still appeared in Gilmore Girls, though. She appeared in season one as Drella, the Independence Inn’s harpist. Later, she showed up at the Gilmore residence as Miss Celine, Emily Gilmore’s seamstress.

McCarthy recalled that a joke on-set got her in trouble with two different tour groups on two separate occasions

McCarthy’s favorite moment from Gilmore Girls might not be what you expected. The famed comedian said her favorite memory from the show came in her downtime on the set. That same moment also reportedly got her in trouble with not one but two different tour groups.

In a Reddit AMA, McCarthy revealed that while filming as pregnant Sookie, she liked to smoke a cigarette and hit her prop stomach to make the prop team laugh. The bit, which she agrees was in poor taste, was all fun and games until a tour group that McCarthy didn’t know was coming through watched in horror. A few days later, McCarthy repeated the gag, only to be caught by a second tour group. The groups had no idea that McCarthy wasn’t pregnant in real life. She insists no amount of explaining made it better.

Melissa McCarthy poses for promotional photos for 'Little Big Shots'
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McCarthy was not pregnant during two of her three on-screen pregnancies. The gag, according to McCarthy, happened during season 5, when Sookie was pregnant with Martha. In Season 7, Gilmore Girls writers wrote a strange pregnancy arc into the final season to accommodate McCarthy’s first real-life pregnancy. Her daughter, Vivian Falcone, was born in 2007.

Melissa McCarthy and Yanic Truesdale are working on a Netflix Original together

McCarthy’s time on the set of Gilmore Girls propelled her career forward. Much to the chagrin of fans, McCarthy didn’t appear in most of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. For fans who missed McCarthy’s signature interactions with other cast members, they have a chance to see it again, albeit in a different show.

Michel Gerard sitting in the dining room of The Dragonfly Inn
Michel Gerard in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

McCarthy and Yanic Truesdale, the actor who portrayed Michel Gerrard on Gilmore Girls, are currently working together on a Netflix original series. God’s Favorite Idiot is currently filming in Australia. The series, which McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, are executive producing, has an expected release date of sometime in 2022. Truesdale mentioned the new project on Scott Patterson’s podcast, I Am All In.