ABC's 'Roseanne' Stars Speak Out On The Show's Cancellation After Roseanne Barr's Offensive Tweet

October 12, 2018

In May, the sitcom star Roseanne Barr fell under heavy scrutiny after she tweeted a racist post targeting Valerie Jarrett, a former President Obama White House adviser.

The tweet, which compared Jarrett to an ape and suggested affiliations to the Muslim Brotherhood, stirred worldwide condemnation. Even though the actress deleted the tweet and apologized for it later, her post led to the cancellation of the hit show she's known for, Roseanne.

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Cast reacts to 'Roseanne' cancellation

As the cancellation of Roseanne revival by ABC garnered high traction in the media, the controversy around the tweet affected the stars of the show directly.

© Roseanne (1988) / American Broadcasting Companies, Inc

Speaking on the cancellation, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf stated that despite the controversy, they are still a family. Goodman recalled it took him time to comprehend the consequences of his co-star’s comments:

It just didn’t seem true.

READ ALSO: ‘Roseanne’ Star John Goodman Explains The Fate Of His On-Screen Wife In The Show Spinoff

For Laurie Metcalf, another star of the show, the fears were more profound as she wondered whether the show would come back to the screens again. The Broadway actress remembers that everything came so fast following the reactions to Roseanne’s tweet:

I thought, 'Oh, I wonder if we still have a show'.

For Sara Gilbert, known for her role as Darlene Conner-Healy in the sitcom, it was important to take things as they came. For the 43-year-old actress, it was more like:

What are we dealing with today?

© The Conners (2018) / American Broadcasting Companies, Inc

ABC's new spin-off show, 'The Conners'

After the cancellation of Roseanne, the stars of the show were doubtful about returning on-air, and news on the spin-off series The Conners was a surprise.

© The Conners (2018) / American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Goodman, 66, declared that the upcoming spin-off is a redemption, created to fulfill expectations of the loyal Roseanne fans.

Roseanne is remorseful about her rhetoric

In an interview, the Roseanne Barr expressed her regrets and deep-felt apologies by claiming that she was wrong in her statement.

I wish I worded it better.

For Barr, the backlash and cancellation were costly. Anyhow, being one of the executive producers of the show, she agreed with the spin-off for the sake of her co-stars and fans. Now, the main heroes of the famous sitcom will continue telling their stories in the new show, The Connors.

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