John Goodman finally speaks out about ‘Roseanne’ and said he was depressed about it but doesn’t think Roseanne is racist. How do you feel about never seeing her return as ‘Roseanne’? Scroll down to see how people around America voted.
It’s September, which means fall is here, and for TV viewers it is the time we all look forward to. Last year’s fall TV lineup included a very anticipated revival of the iconic ‘Roseanne.’ This fall, the revival breakout show is getting a spinoff, and many are curious and anxious to see it.
Last year, the highly anticipated revival of ‘Roseanne’ debuted, but it was short lived when Roseanne Barr killed ‘Roseanne’ with a single tweet. She made a comment on Twitter referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looking like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” Jarrett is an African-American who was born in Iran to American parents.
Barr, who has always been known to speak her mind, saw what the power of social media can do, when her tweet backfired and caused everyone involved in the show’s production, to lose their jobs. The negative attention her tweet received was the last straw, which ended with ABC abruptly ending the show. She then deleted the tweet and apologized, but the damage was already done. Many labeled her as “racist” and said her comment was beyond repairable.
Many of her costars expressed their heartbreak and disappointment on Twitter. One costar who hadn’t spoken out was John Goodman, who played her husband in the hit show. That is, until now.
Goodman revealed he was shocked by Barr’s tweet, and even more shocked when ABC axed the show. “I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response, and that’s probably all I should say about it,” Goodman said in an interview.
“I was brokenhearted [when the show got canceled], but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,” Goodman said of his initial reaction at the cancellation. “But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit,” he added.
Barr, previously clarified that her tweets were not racist, and were about the “Iran deal and anti-Semitism,” and that she thought Jarrett was white. Barr also blamed Ambien for her tweets. After the cancellation, she failed at begging the higher-ups to change their minds, but the network alleged that their decision came from “multiple instances” of Barr’s misbehavior.
Luckily for fans, the network later decided to greenlight a spinoff of the show without Roseanne. ‘The Conners,’ will be premiering this fall, and will include all cast and crew from the reboot. Goodman has confirmed that Barr has “agreed to forgo all profits from the show,” which needed to happen, in order for the show to continue.
“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on,” he said. “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.”
Goodman also went on to provide us with a hint on how the show’s storyline will play out without her. “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” Goodman said about his character on upcoming ‘Roseanne’ spinoff.
That’s right, it looks like Roseanne is going to be killed off the show. If that happens, it will mean we will never see Roseanne Barr play Roseanne Conner again. Unless she comes back from the dead.
We will have to wait and see when the spinoff premiers on Oct. 16. Read the full story on Page Six here.
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John Goodman finally speaks out about ‘Roseanne’ and said he was depressed about it but doesn’t think Roseanne is racist. How do you feel about never seeing her return as ‘Roseanne’?
Yes, so glad