Absolutely Fabulous: Jennifer Saunders Says It’s Done for Good
A gay-favorite British series that originally ran from 1992-95 and continued to pop up with special episodes every couple years—and which saw its first feature-length film, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, hit theaters in July—is officially done, according to series creator Jennifer Saunders. The actress and producer told Event magazine there are no plans to continue on with the show or its characters.
“I’m not doing anything more with Ab Fab,” she said to Event. “That. Is. It.”
The possibility of a sequel to the film if it rocked the box office had been discussed, but it appears that has officially been ruled out. (The film apparently grossed nearly $36M worldwide.)
“I can’t see the point of doing anything else” with the campy series, Saunders said. “It just takes so long. There’s lots of other stuff I’d like to do. Plus, I’d like to spend time with my grandchildren. So, if I did Ab Fab as well that would just stop me doing anything new, or thinking of any other ideas or having a different job or whatever.”
Apparently someone floated the idea of Ab Fab: The Musical by Saunders, but that didn’t seem of interest either: “We’d be so old. This is like taking geriatrics out now. … I don’t know how long I can say to Julia [Sawalha, who plays Saffy], ‘Can you come back and would you wear those awful clothes again?’”
Ab Fab starred Saunders as fashion PR guru Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as her always-inebriated sidekick Patsy Stone. Through the decades, the women shared many pills-and-champagne-fueled adventures, their last involving accidentally knocking supermodel Kate Moss into the River Thames.
In the interview, Saunders also lashed out at social media trolls, saying, “Everyone’s a critic. At least in the old days you didn’t know how many people liked you or hated you; you just lived in this blissful close circle of friends. … Nowadays I’m not surprised people are cracking up, because you think, ‘This is unsafe.’”
Saunders also resents society’s ‘selfie culture’ in general, and loathes when strangers ask her for a selfie on the street.
“If you say no, they look at you like you just shot their child,” she says. “Eventually you pull a face into the camera. He puts it on his page and before you know it, you Google my name and that’s the first picture to pop up. Looking shit.”
(Image courtesy BBC One)