Since ABC announced the firing of Roseanne Barr from the eponymous show she created, controversy has abounded. After several months of speculation, ABC announced the show will return with Sara Gilbert at the helm and the show would focus on the character Darlene. With the new name The Conners, many also questioned how they would deal with Roseanne’s absence from the program. In an interview with The Sunday Times Goodman confirmed two things.
First, John Goodman emphatically declared that Roseanne Barr is not a racist. He also stated that Roseanne’s character would be killed off The Conners. Still, Roseanne’s cause of death remains a mystery.
“I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” Goodman stated in regards to his character Dan Conner.
ABC made the decision to fire Roseanne from the show after she tweeted remarks about President Obama’s former advisor Valerie Jarrett that compared her to a baby between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. ABC quickly denounced the remark as racist and Roseanne was immediately canceled.
Though some people still debate whether ABC should have canceled Roseanne, the decision was made and it is final. The Conners is set to air in the fall without Roseanne Barr.
Insightful revelatory …Gentle Giant Goodman is both a gift and an anomaly in the world of fame https://t.co/8zna8mEPcl
— DangerGirl (@DangerGirl6) August 28, 2018
Many people have spoken about the new direction the show will take and how The Conners will survive without Roseanne Barr. Roseanne has many supporters who are praising John Goodman for speaking out about the racism allegations.
There are many people who continue to support Roseanne and state they will not watch The Conners. They even predict the show will be a failure without Roseanne at the helm.
In addition to John Goodman as Dan Conner, the show will also feature Sara Gilbert as Darlene, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie, Lecy Goranson as Becky and Michael Fishman as D.J.
It should be noted that it was Roseanne who allowed the spin-off to continue. She previously expressed sadness and regret that her tweet would have cost countless jobs.
She gave up all rights to the series allowing The Conners to move forward and save the jobs of those whom she worked with for years.
John Goodman told the Sunday Times that once she relinquished her rights and the spin-off was a go he thanked her via email. He says he hasn’t heard from her since the show was canceled.
Roseanne Barr publicly thanked John Goodman for stating that he knows she isn’t a racist.