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Wilmer Valderrama just isn’t heading again to Level Place, Wisconsin, anytime quickly.

Together with That ’70s Present costars Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, the actor, 44, reprised his iconic character, Fez, within the first season of the spinoff That ’90s Present. Nonetheless, he won’t be returning for season 2 — and now he has revealed why.

On the 2024 Monte-Carlo Tv Pageant on Friday, June 14, Valderrama defined his absence from the collection’ upcoming second season with a easy response. “There is not any time!” he completely informed PEOPLE.

“We’re pushing 20 episodes a season [on NCIS], however on the similar time, it is the children’ jobs,” he added, referring to the That ’90s Present newcomers.

“That is their present now, and I feel it was vital that we got here and pay respect to their present and have enjoyable with the legacy of what we did,” he continued. “On the similar time, it was actually about, you understand, now seeing them take it over.”

Mila Kunis and Wilmer Valderrama in ‘That ’70s Present’.
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Valderrama additionally informed PEOPLE he’s “very proud” of the brand new forged, which incorporates Callie Haverda as Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric Forman (Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), in addition to Max Donovan, Ashley Aufderheide, Sam Morelos, Reyn Doi and Mace Coronel.

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“That entire forged has been nice and the present is superior,” he added. “I used to be very proud to relive it, but in addition much more excited to see the children take it from right here.”

Valderrama spoke concerning the sitcom at different factors whereas on the Monte-Carlo Tv Pageant.

Throughout a panel dialogue on June 15, Valderrama turned again time to his guest-starring function in season 1 of That ’90s Present (and his authentic stint as Fez) by thanking That ’70s Present creators Mark Brazill, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner for giving him “a personality that allowed me to fly in ways in which I by no means thought was attainable creatively.”

“I created one thing that I am going to always remember, that modified my life,” he continued, including that he’s “extremely grateful” for the expertise.

He additionally recalled serving to the showrunners form what Fez’s return to Level Place would appear to be within the spinoff. “They requested me, ‘Oh, what do you suppose Fez could be doing proper now if it was the ‘90s?’ And I stated he’d be the Paul Mitchell of Wisconsin,” Valderrama stated on the panel.

“Like, he would have a industrial, like a neighborhood industrial, you understand, the entire thing,” he continued. “And so they had been dying. They had been laughing so exhausting. And so they had been like, ‘Let’s try this.’ ”

Wilmer Valderrama in ‘That ’90s Present’.

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Returning to Fez’s sneakers for the spinoff was one factor. “His pants,” nevertheless, “had been nonetheless that tight,” Valderrama famous on the panel.

Tougher was reprising Fez’s iconic voice, the actor revealed. “However the large query was — and I’ve stated this earlier than — can I nonetheless do the voice? Like I really feel like I hadn’t executed the voice since I used to be 26,” he defined on the pageant.

“I do not care how a lot enjoyable or who requested me to do the voice,” he added. “I by no means did it, you understand? And so once I needed to do the desk, I used to be like, ‘OK, right here we go.’ “

He stated he toyed with a softer model of Fez’s voice earlier than realizing, “F— it, it’s bought to be one hundred pc the identical.”

Trying again on the first That ’90s Present desk learn, he recalled, “Everybody was similar to taking a look at me after which impulsively it got here out and it was like using a bicycle. I by no means forgot it.”

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The second season of That ’90s Present returns to Netflix in two elements: half 1 premieres on June 27, and half 3 premieres on Oct. 24. 

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