Archana Ram
October 26, 2010 AT 08:09 PM EDT

Last week, Hangover 2 director Todd Phillips released a statement that Mel Gibson would no longer be appearing in a guest spot in the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, and now Phillips is further explaining the team’s decision, saying that not everyone in the Hangover “family” liked the idea. “I didn’t want anything to come in between that family,” Phillips told Entertainment Tonight. The director did not specify which members of the cast or crew weren’t fans of the casting news, though rumors have swirled that co-star Zach Galifianakis wasn’t on board.

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