Emilio Esteves Dishes on Original “The Mighty Ducks”: E! News Rewind

Emilio Estevez will not be going back to the Disney series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

The 59- year-old star, who starred in the very first season of the program in addition to the ’90 s motion pictures that motivated it, will not star in season 2, Variety reported Friday, Nov. 5, mentioning a source near the production. The expert informed the outlet that the production business, ABC Signature, chose not to restore his agreement for season 2 due to the fact that the star would not verify that he would abide by the group’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. E! News has actually validated the report.

Disney decreased to discuss the story. Estevez’s representative had no instant remark when reached by E! News.

The series, which follows an underdog junior hockey group, debuted in March this year with Estevez repeating his function of coach Gordon Bombay.

The program likewise stars Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, who likewise acts as an executive manufacturer on the program.

Other cast members consist of Brady Noon, Maxwell Simkins, Taegen Burns, Swayam Bhatia, Julee Cerda, De’Jon Watts, Bella Higginbotham, Luke Islam and Kiefer O’Reilly


See what the initial stars of The Mighty Ducks have actually depended on in the last few years:

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Emilio Estevez

Thanks to his starring functions in The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, and St. Elmo’s Fire, “Brat Pack” member Estevez was a huge get for The Mighty Ducks as Gordon Bombay, a hotshot attorney required to coach a rag-tag group for his neighborhood service.

After returning for the 2nd movie in 1994 and making a short look in 1996’s 3rd film, Estevez turned his attention to directing, helming episodes of hit programs like Cold Case, CSI and Criminal Minds prior to directing function movies, consisting of Bobby, The Way and The Public Regardless of primarily leaving the acting world behind, a 2017 report by British wagering website PartyCasino discovered him to be the most successful top-billed male star. You go, Emilio!

When the Disney reboot was revealed, fans were enjoyed find out Estevez would be starring in the series, with the 57- year-old stating, “Once a Duck, constantly a Duck! And after 25 years, I am thrilled to lace up my skates, placed on Coach Bombay’s coat and go back to play the renowned character for this brand-new chapter in The Mighty Ducks franchise.”

However, in November, E! News validated that Estevez would not return for season 2 due to a dispute over the production business’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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Joshua Jackson

Come on, it’s Joshua Jackson. Required we state more?

OK, fine: After his huge break as Charlie Conway– the heart, soul and captain of the Ducks– Jackson went on to land an even larger function as Pacey Witter, among television’s most precious characters, in the renowned teenager series Dawson’s Creek Throughout the program’s run, he dated co-star Katie Holmes and appeared in movies like Cruel Intentions and The Skulls

Jackson then went on to star in Fox’s hit sci-fi series Fringe for 6 seasons, following up its practically 100- episode run with Showtime’s The Affair, yet another struck series. Throughout that time, Jackson dated Diane Kruger for 10 years prior to the couple called it stops in 2016.

Jackson, now 42, invited his very first kid, a child, with Jodie Turner-Smith in April of in 2015. He just recently starred in Netflix’s When They See United States and Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere, starring opposite Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Next up, he’ll front Dr. Death on Peacock, based upon the Wondery podcast of the exact same title.

Charlie Conway is doing simply great, individuals!

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Kenan Thompson

The exact same year Thompson made his film launching as Russ Tyler (a.k.a. the developer of the “knucklepuck” shot) in the follow up, the young comic’s sketch funny series All That debuted on Nickelodeon. After turning into one of the series’ breakout stars, Thompson and co-star Kel Mitchell landed their own spinoff series, Kenan & & Kel, and function movie Good Burger In 2019, Thompson and Mitchell collaborated to restore All That for Nickelodeon, working as executive manufacturers and making on-screen looks.

Three years after Kenan & & Kel ended, Thompson, 42, signed up with the cast of Saturday Night Live, and is now the longest-tenured cast member in the renowned NBC program’s history, having actually starred in 18 seasons and counting. And he’s presently pulling double-duty on the network with his comedy, Kenan

Thompson married design Christina Evangeline in 2011 and the couple have 2 children.

In January 2019, Thompson placed on his skates to reunite with a few of his old Ducks colleagues at an Anaheim Ducks video game, striking the ice with Danny Tamberelli and Vincent LaRusso.

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Jussie Smollett

Before ending up being a home name thanks to Fox’s hit drama Empire, Smollett starred as Terry Hall, the quieter of the Hall brother or sisters, in the very first Mighty Ducks movie. While he didn’t return for the follow-up movies, Smollett’s ABC comedy On Our Own, which likewise starred his brother or sisters Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jake Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jocqui Smollett and Jojo Smollett, premiered the exact same year D2 was launched.

In January 2019, Smollett, 38, discovered himself involved in a legal scandal after a supposed attack in Chicago that the Empire star declared was a hate criminal offense versus him. One month later on, the Chicago Police Department revealed he was a suspect, with Smollett later on pleading not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for presumably submitting an incorrect cops report. He has actually rejected the claims.

While criminal charges were at first dropped that March, Smollett was arraigned in February 2020 on brand-new charges, with a news release specifying, “A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making 4 different incorrect reports to Chicago Police Department officers associated to his incorrect claims that he was the victim of a hate criminal offense, understanding that he was not the victim of a criminal offense.”

During all of this, it was revealed that Smollett would be leaving Empire, with Fox stating in a declaration, “By shared contract, the studio has actually worked out an extension to Jussie Smollett’s choice for season 6, however at this time there are no prepare for the character of Jamal to go back to Empire.

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Danny Tamberelli

One of Bombay’s employees to the group, thanks to his figure-skating background, Tamberelli played Tommy Duncan from the brother-sister Duncan duo (with Jane Plank playing Tammy). Tamberelli, who just appeared in the very first movie, was probably one of the most effective young stars heading into production, as he starred in Nickelodeon’s hit comedy The Adventures of Pete & & Peteprior to signing up with the cast of All That for seasons 4-6.

But after his time on All That ended, he returned to New Jersey and went to college, taking a break from business. his experience as a Duck had an enduring effect on him, with Tamberelli informing Splinter News in 2016, “I played hockey for my high school my freshman year. The Mighty Ducks made me into a hockey fan and a hockey gamer.”

In 2013, the 39- year-old began a podcast with previous Pete and Pete co-star and onscreen huge sibling Michael Maronna called The Adventures of Danny and Mike. Come 2020, he was doing funny reveals with Maronna and All That star Lori Beth Denberg called Nostalgia Personified.

In 2018, Tamberelli wed long time sweetheart Katelyn Detweiler The couple invited their kid Alfred Noel the list below year.

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Kathryn Erbe

Erbe signed up with the Ducks as the group’s tutor/unofficial assistant coach in the follow up, eventually changing Charlie’s mother as Bombay’s love interest. (Sorry, Charlie!)

After appearing on HBO’s hit series Oz, Erbe, now 55, landed her career-defining function as Det. Alex Eames on Law & & Order: Criminal Intent in 2001, starring in over 140 episodes opposite Vincent D’Onofrio prior to the fan-favorite duo left the series after the 8th season. The set both returned for the reduced last season in 2011.

Recently, Erbe played Bill Pullman‘s partner on USA Network’s hit series The Sinner and guest-starred on an episode of The Good Fight.

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Marguerite Moreau

Moreau played initial Ducks employee Connie Moreau, among the couple of female hockey gamers included throughout the trilogy.

After getting her degree in government from Vassar College in 1999, Moreau, 43, went on to star in cult preferred motion pictures like Queen of the Damned and Wet Hot American Summer, and she repeated her function in the latter for Netflix’s follow up miniseries. She likewise visitor starred on hit series like Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Mad Men, The O.C. and Brothers & & Sisters

After weding in 2010, Moreau and her partner Christopher Redman invited their very first kid in2015

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Elden Henson

We still reside in worry of being struck by Fulton’s slap shot, TBH! Henson’s outsider character ended up being the group’s trump card in the very first movie, with Fulton going on to end up being a Bash Brother in the follow up. (” I believe they are teaching jazzercise to old women in Florida,” Henson informed TVGuide.com of what he believes the Bash Brothers depend on now.)

After appearing in all 3 motion pictures, Henson, 43, starred in ’90 s teen hits like She’s All That and Idle Hands, prior to going on to appear in The Hunger Games movie franchise. In 2015, he starred in Netflix’s hit superhero series Daredevil as Foggy Nelson, and emerged in the streaming giant’s other Marvel television homes.

While he utilized to “get humiliated” for being acknowledged for the Mighty Ducks movies when he was more youthful, Henson later on informed television Guide he owed “a great deal of [his career]” to the franchise: ” What’s amusing is I still, more than anything, get acknowledged for The Mighty Ducks I enjoy it … I enjoy those motion pictures. I seem like these things come when in a life time and to experience this things as a kid and as an adult, I simply feel truly fortunate.”


Garette Henson

So, did you men understand Fulton and Guy Germaine were bros IRL?! “We were both born into an acting household, serving as long as I can keep in mind,” Garette informed Grantland in2014 “We both have actually had differing levels of success at various times, and it was a really motivating, not competitive procedure. We were various ages, so we were never ever pursuing the exact same functions. And it was great that we were both in it.

In addition to appearing in all tree Ducks motion pictures, the more youthful Henson bro likewise turned up in Casper as Christina Ricci‘s non-ghost crush.

Since biding farewell to the Ducks, the 41- year-old is still acting and got an MFA in movie from Columbia University in 2015.

Garette wed his other half Laurie in 2007 and they invited a boy in 2014.

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Aaron Lohr

After signing up with the Disney household in 1992’s Neswies, Lohr ended up being the other Bash Brother when he handled the part of Dean Porter in the follow up movies.

He later on starred in the 2005 movie adjustment of the hit Broadway musical Rent, and has actually emerged on television series such as Law & & Order, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods and White Collar.

Lohr, 44, wed his Rent co-star Idina Menzel in 2017, with the Frozen star exposing the news on Twitter. “Wanted to let you understand … Married the love of my life #aaronlohr this weekend @ our house,” she composed. “Dad & & child strolled me down aisle. It was wonderful.”

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Shaun Weiss

Aside from The Mighty Ducks movies, in which he played the energetic goalie Goldberg, Weiss likewise appeared on ’80 s programs like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Webster, and in the ’90 s, he starred in Heavyweights and appeared on numerous episodes of Freaks and Geeks and The King of Queens His last onscreen function remained in 2008’s Drillbit Taylor

In January 2020, the 40- year-old was apprehended on suspicion of robbery while under the impact of meth in Northern California. This was his 2nd drug-related arrest, with Weiss being sentenced to 90 days in prison in 2017 after being charged with meth belongings. A representative for the star informed E! News after his 2nd arrest, “Shaun is requesting for prayers from his fans that he can discover the light.”

After going to rehab, Weiss commemorated over 230 days of sobriety by getting a “sober smile,” going through a treatment in September 2020 to get a brand-new set of teeth. He just recently reached a significant turning point: 1 year sober.

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Vincent LaRusso

Cake Eater! LaRusso played star gamer Adam Banks, who was at first on the competing group the Hawks prior to moving over to the Ducks, in all 3 films. He really had a smaller sized function prior to taking control of the Banks part after the initial star was release since he “was being a bit of a bully to a few of the other kids,” according to manufacturer Jordan Kerner in an interview with TIME

LaRusso, 42, mainly retired from acting after the 3rd Ducks movie, however typically goes to conventions and reunions for the franchise, and just recently participated in a 25 th anniversary occasion with the Anaheim Ducks where he together with a number of co-stars dropped a ritualistic puck. He presently resides in New York City and operates in the hospitality market.

In 2018, LaRusso declared divorce from his partner Kathryn Elizabeth Everard after 3 years of marital relationship.

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Brandon Adams

After starring as the Ducks’ hard and trash-talking gamer Jesse Hall in the very first 2 movies (You can thank him for the renowned “Cake Eater” ridicule), Adams remained of the 3rd and last movie in the franchise, later on going on to appear on hit series such as Moesha, Boy Meets World, Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sister, Sister

The 41- year-old then mainly left the acting world behind to pursue a profession in music, rapping under the name B. Lee in2009

In 2014, Adams reunited with much of his previous Ducks co-stars to commemorate the movie’s 20 th anniversary.

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Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine

Who didn’t enjoy Julie “The Cat” Gaffney, the gifted goalie who signed up with the Ducks throughout their Olympic run in the follow up? After returning for the 3rd movie, the now 43- year-old took a break from acting to go to Sarah Lawrence College prior to going on to finish from the Natural Gourmet School in New York.

In 2007, she completed on Food Network’s hit series The Next Food Network Star, and though she didn’t win, she went on to host Colombe du Jour, her own food-related blog site.

Married to Jeffrey Lefleur and a mom to 2 kids, she likewise teaches grade school trainees about cooking, nutrition and gardening in Harlem.

While she went back to acting briefly in 2002’s Men in Black II, Jacobsen-Derstine has no remorses over pursuing her cooking dreams, informing Sports Illustrated, ” Sometimes being a star can seem like playing the lotto. In cooking, you can put effort in and actually see the outcomes.”

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Aaron Schwartz

At 10 years of ages, Schwartz, who likewise starred in Heavyweights opposite Thompson, just appeared in the very first film as scrappy staff member Dave Karp.

” I do not believe they had me audition for Karp … I keep in mind appearing and they asked me if I understood how to ice-skate,” he remembered on The Man Cave Chronicles podcast. “Of course I stated yes, however I had no hint!”

After taking an extended break from acting, the 40- year-old landed the function of Vanya, Dorota’s love, on the hit CW series Gossip Girl, appearing in 15 episodes and on a web series called Chasing Dorota, while likewise emerging on series such as Law & & Order and Suits, along with landing a bit part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

So why didn’t Schwartz appear in the follow up? Well, he, together with the other more youthful Ducks, simply didn’t look old enough, with the star describing, “We didn’t truly age rapidly. We still appeared like we remained in 4th grade when they required to movie the 2nd film. It didn’t work out.”

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Matt Doherty

Doherty played the bespectacled Averman, among the Ducks employee who constantly had an ironical quip at the prepared, in all 3 movies. (” Hey goalie, goalie, goalie!”) In in between the very first 2 movies, Doherty starred in the hit dark funny So I Married an Axe Murderer with Mike Myers

After hanging up his jersey (and putting his acting profession on hold) to go to college, Doherty, 42, later on appeared on Felicity, ER, Boston Public, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI

” I play beer league hockey on Wednesday nights,” Doherty informed Kare 11 News in early 2020, “and, like, most likely the only factor I’m on the group is due to the fact that I’m a Duck.”


Justin Wong

Wong signed up with the franchise in D2 as Ken, a previous Olympic ice skater. After appearing in the 3rd and last movie, Wong left acting behind and ended up being a sound engineer.

Wong, 40, now co-owns and runs AudioGator, a Vancover-based audio production business.

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Jeffrey Nordling

It’s no simple accomplishment changing Coach Bombay, however Nordling did simply that in the college-set D3, playing NHL star-turned-coach Ted Orion when Estevez’s job The War At Home kept him from starring in the motion picture.

” Emilio discussed the reasons he could not return and it is a service therefore all of us comprehended business factors for it. Yeah, it was strange,” Joshua Jackson confessed to United States Weekly “And then at the exact same time, it wasn’t all that odd since at that point, we were 17, and at 13, he essentially made this thing take place. I review it and I’m surprised that he was client enough to be able to handle us as a lot of absolutely less than professional 15- year-olds.”

After his time with the Ducks pertained to an end, Nordling, 59, starred on Once and Again and appeared on Desperate Housewives, 24 and numerous other programs prior to landing a starring function in HBO’s hit series Big Little Lies, playing Laura Dern‘s philandering partner, Gordon Klein. (Renata will not NOT be abundant, Gordon!)

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