On Tuesday evening, one of America’s favorite fictional families returned to television under a new name, “The Conners.” Initially dubbed “Roseanne,” ABC premiered their new show without its beloved and iconic main star, Roseanne Barr, who they killed off in the show after a controversial post on social media led to her firing.
John Goodman returned to his star role alongside Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert, and the rest of the family, but the show’s initial 4.5 out of 10 rating on IMDB suggests the removal of Roseanne was considerable (Roseanne has a 7 of 10 rating on IMDB).
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In the show, it was revealed that Barr’s character was killed off to an opioid overdose, which followed the finale of “Roseanne” which featured her in the hospital. Shortly after the spinoff premiered, Barr tweeted: “I ain’t dead, b*tches!”
Barr followed up the tweet with a fiery rebuke of the ABC network in a lengthy post on social media.
Barr said, via Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Facebook:
“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.
“This was a choice the network did not have to make. Roseanne was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society. Specifically, the show promoted the message that love and respect for one another’s personhood should transcend differences in background and ideological discord. The show brought together characters of different political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in one, unified family, a rarity in modern American entertainment. Above all else, the show celebrated a strong, matriarchal woman in a leading role, something we need more of in our country.
“Through humor and a universally relatable main character, the show represented a weekly teaching moment for our nation. Yet it is often following an inexcusable — but not unforgivable — mistake that we can discover the most important lesson of all: Forgiveness. After repeated and heartfelt apologies, the network was unwilling to look past a regrettable mistake, thereby denying the twin American values of both repentance and forgiveness. In a hyper-partisan climate, people will sometimes make the mistake of speaking with words that do not truly reflect who they are. However, it is the power of forgiveness that defines our humanity.
“Our society needs to heal on many levels. What better way for healing than a shared moment, once a week, where we could have all enjoyed a compelling storyline featuring a witty character – a woman – who America connected with, not in spite of her flaws, but because of them. The cancellation of Roseanne is an opportunity squandered due in equal parts to fear, hubris, and a refusal to forgive.”
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Independent Journal Review has more on “The Connor’s” premiere:
In the first episode of “The Conners,” the family is shown struggling to come to terms with the death of Roseanne from what is first thought to be a heart attack but is later revealed to be an opioid overdose.
They find she had been hiding painkillers all over the house, and getting them from a circle of friends who shared medication to avoid costs.
The original “Roseanne” ran from 1988 to 1997 and was praised for its realistic portrayal of working-class life.
The revival in March, in which Barr played a supporter of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, was ABC’s biggest hit, drawing an average 18 million viewers per episode.
As BizPac Review reports, Barr was quickly fired after her disparaging tweet caused controversy. This decision was later regretted by some ABC executives.
“We didn’t think it through properly,” one ABC executive said, Daily Mail reports. “What Roseanne did was wrong, but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her.
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In record time, ABC canceled Roseanne’s No. 1 rated TV series amid the mob liberal uproar.
Roseanne’s longtime co-star and TV husband, John Goodman, defended Barr, saying she is definitely not racist. “I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist,” Goodman said.
Roseanne isn’t the only person who thinks ABC’s decision to abruptly fire her was stupid. ABC now apparently thinks it was a dumb move. Why? Because in business, money talks and BS walks.