Jennifer Saunders has ruled out any more Absolutely Fabulous after saying the classic sitcom wouldn’t be made today ‘because everything is too sensitive’.
However, the reason we won’t see Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone gracing screens again has nothing to do with political correctness as the writer and creator of Ab Fab explained in the latest episode of There’s Something About The Movies.
During tonight’s episode, Jennifer is joined by Tom Allen, Zawe Ashton, Rafe Spall, Fern Brady and Tom Davis on the panel show presented by Alan Carr.
After Alan asked how much prep went into Absolutely Fabulous, Jennifer explained: ‘As far as the character went, no one was going to tell me I wasn’t Edina that day so it was fine.’
‘I had a problem with the writing sometimes,’ she continued. ‘I’m always a bit late delivering scripts and stuff and sometimes I’d have the kids in the back of the car and I’d say, “get a pad out. Right, kitchen set: Edina says, Patsy says,” and they’d literally write it out.
Life of Pi star Rafe asked if there would be more Ab Fab, but didn’t get the answer we were all hoping for.
Jennifer Saunders crushes hopes of more Ab Fab (Picture: BBC)
Jennifer shattered Ab Fab fans’ dreams on There’s Something About The Movies (Picture: Sky One)
‘No, I don’t think so,’ she said. ‘Ab Fab meets Marigold Hotel would be the next movie. The zimmer frame years!’
Jen’s latest comes after she said at an event held at the Garrick Theatre, London, as reported by The Sun, that she ‘s ‘p***ed off’ by ‘gentle criticism’, saying: ‘If someone says something it always has to be, “Oh, but sorry, you can’t say that”. I say, “Oh f*** off”.
‘It’s not a crime to have an opinion or say something.’
Jennifer said that bigotry and ‘small-mindedness p*** [her] off’, and later continued: ‘I think it has changed comedy like what we used to make. I think we would probably talk ourselves out of most of it now. It would be like, “We won’t have a good answer so let’s not do that”.
‘I think people do talk themselves out of stuff now because everything is sensitive.’
The star added: ‘It stops a lot of the fun, maybe, like jokes. I remember jokes. Silly jokes.’
There’s Something About The Movies airs tonight at 9pm on Sky One and NowTV.
Credit: Original article published here.