“Happy Days” is getting political.
Much of the cast of the wholesome ’50s sitcom set in Milwaukee is getting back together for a virtual reunion on behalf of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin — with one notable exception.
Former teen heartthrob Scott Baio, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, will likely not be throwing in his talents as Chachi for the reunion of the show that ran from 1974 to 1984.
Instead, actor John Stamos, 57, has offered to play the role of Fonzie’s beloved cousin, with Twitter’s approval. The sitcom star in his own right — as hunky uncle Jesse in “Full House” — threw in his hat late Monday night after the reunion announcement.
Baio, 60, clapped back with his own snarky response: “Shouldn’t you be taking care of Aunt Becky?,” he tweeted in an apparent reference to former “Full House” co-star Lori Loughlin’s legal fallout from the ongoing college admissions scandal.
The reunion fund-raiser kicks off Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. CT, and will bring together Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), writer Lowell Ganz and more.
Tickets to the pandemic-friendly event go for at least a $1 donation, with proceeds going toward “making Trump a one-term president,” according to a statement from the organizers.
“We’re thrilled a show made famous in Milwaukee is coming back home to help make Donald Trump a one-term President,” said Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “We know all roads to the White House go through the Badger State, and with the cast of ‘Happy Days’ helping us raise money to take back the White House, we believe even more we can deliver a victory on [Election Day].”
The event will feature fan questions, behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew, and a few surprises.
While many were thrilled to see Stamos take the reins of the iconic role, others online weren’t so pleased with the replacement — or the political cause behind it.
“This is so frustrating. First ‘The Princess Bride’ gets co-opted for a political purpose and now ‘Happy Days.’ I’m truly 100% fine with actors speaking their own minds, but I wish you’d leave our memories of shows we loved alone,” @freeburlington tweeted.
At least one user noticed the full-circle effect of booting out Baio, referencing the mysterious departure of Richie’s older brother, Chuck Cunningham, in the ninth episode of the show.
“Oh good, Chachi’s been Chuck Cunninghammed,” @CollinMur tweeted.
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