Roseanne Barr made a big mistake back when she tweeted that Valerie Jarrett was the baby of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet Of The Apes” combined. It was the tweet that ultimately cost her the show.
Channing Dungey, the CEO of ABC, released a statement after the tweet confirming their decision to cancel the series, despite having a very successful first season.
Barr explained that she was stressed out, underslept, and “Ambien-tweeting” – an excuse which lead to widespread mocking. The makers of the pharmaceutical drug even responded, stating that their drug doesn’t have the side effect of racism on their patients.
However, ABC isn’t willing to let the series die, as there is a potential market for those who loved the sit-com. Despite its controversial nature, Roseanne was getting a lot of viewers, so there’s no doubt that industry executives are looking to milk that cow until it’s dry.
According to reports, they may be creating a spin-off based on Sara Gilbert’s character, Darlene. And many members of the original cast will be in the show.
But the problem with it is the fact that many of the characters are related to the Roseanne franchise, a franchise Barr owns, so ABC would have to acquire the rights to continue with their plan.
The actress would continue to make money from the spin-off, and Channing and other ABC executives aren’t interested in allowing that to happen.
According to a report from Deadline, they are offering her a settlement for the show that is as juicy as it is profitable. Roseanne supposedly is seriously considering selling off the rights to the show, considering the fact that no network will pick it back up.
Currently, it isn’t known if Barr will take the offer, but only time will tell if she does so. It looks like it may be her only option.