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Gabrielle Union to play Tootie in live-action ‘The Facts of Life’, fans respond

Gabrielle Union will join the star cast of this year’s “Live To Studio Audiences”, the reenactment of “The Facts of Life,” a 90-minute special.

The ABC Network live-action show – which debuted in 2019 – will recreate episodes of “Diff’rent Strokes” and its spin-off “The Facts of Life”. Kevin Hart and Damon Wayans were announced to play the roles of Arnold and Willis Jackson, respectively, in “Diff’rent Strokes” last week.

Gabrielle Union is expected to play Tootie in “The Facts of Live” Live. Photo: @ gabunion / Instagram

According to Deadline, Union is set to play Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey in the live-action version of “The Facts of Life.” Kim Fields previously played this character. Other stars who will be featured on “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” include Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn and Allison Tolman.

“The Facts of Life,” which first aired on NBC from 1979 to 1988, was a sitcom about the experiences of a group of girls as they attended boarding school under the watchful eye of their mother in hearth Edna Garrett, who was also the maid in “Diff” Rent Stroke “.

When news of Union’s upcoming role went viral, fan reactions to the casting decision were mixed. Some expressed that Fields could have reprimanded his role as Tootie, while others felt indifferent. One person, in particular, explained that the live reenactment special is a tribute to the show.

“Sooooooooo we couldn’t get the real Tootie for that ????????.”

“But the real totie is alive and acting… why doesn’t she play herself ???”

“It’s a way of honoring the show, but it’s more than likely that Kim Fields will make an appearance like they did with the cast of ‘Good Times’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ with Marla Gibbs when they did. the live last year. “

“It’s only for one episode, people don’t panic and the keyword is Reenactment which means you don’t need the real actors even if they’re alive.”

Gabrielle Union shared an Instagram story about her upcoming role on the live show “The Facts of Life”. Photo: @ gabunion / Instagram

Following the announcement, Union shared in a now-deleted Instagram Story how honored she is to play Tootie. She said, while praising Fields, “‘Tootie’ was EVERYTHING for black girls in my generation @kimfieldsofficial is a living ICNE. I am honored to honor her, as well as one of many legendary characters that she gave life.

“Living In Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and The Different Hits” will air live on ABC on December 7 at 8 p.m. EST.

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