The concluding chapter for the drama surrounding the television sitcom “Roseanne” is not a pretty one as it is now being reported Roseanne Barr’s character will be killed off in the spinoff series titled “The Conners.”
Her character’s death follows several months of drama concerning Barr and the re-start and then cancellation of “Roseanne.”
John Goodman speculates that “Roseanne” spinoff will mean curtains for matriarch played by Roseanne Barr. https://t.co/ke5bO0fDzm
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 28, 2018
Per Washington Examiner:
“Roseanne” actor John Goodman revealed that Roseanne Barr’s character will be dead in ABC’s sitcom spinoff of the show, currently referred to as “The Conners.”
Goodman, Roseanne’s husband in the show, said he was uncertain how his character would handle her absence.
“It’s an unknown,” Goodman said, according to the Times of London. “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
As Variety reports, ABC canceled “Roseanne” after Barr made a disparaging comment about former Obama-era advisor Valerie Jarrett over social media. In the comment, Barr said she thought Jarrett looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.”
Barr apologized for the tweet and quickly deleted it.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she said in a tweet. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste. I am now leaving Twitter.”
Some people quickly believed there was more to the cancellation of her show since Barr’s character in the show was a supporter of President Trump as she is in real life.
The new spinoff show, announced by ABC in June, “The Conners” is expected to be a continuation of the story of the same loveable family sans its main star.
From the Washington Examiner:
ABC announced in June that “The Conners,” will focus on the family’s struggles and how they cope with parenthood, dating, and an unplanned pregnancy, among other things.
“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said in a statement.
Goodman clarified that Barr will have no input or connection to the show and had relinquished all her rights to the show so it could continue without her.
“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on,” Goodman said, per the report. “I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”
John Goodman admitted that Roseanne Barr’s offensive tweet left him “brokenhearted:” “But I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed” https://t.co/o4spQMaqud
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 27, 2018
In the same interview, Goodman defended his former co-star amid racial allegations and confidently claimed, “I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist.”
As People reports, Goodman admitted he was “surprised” by the decision of ABC to cancel the show and subsequently remove Barr from the story.
Shortly after Barr’s disparaging tweet, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Goodman commented in the interview: “I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. And that’s probably all I should say about it.”
I thank John Goodman for speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) August 28, 2018