"I Love Him": Roseanne Barr Almost Cried After John Goodman Said She Is Not A Racist
September 18, 2018 16:23 By Fabiosa
Fans of Roseanne were horrified when ABC announced that the show was canceled after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to Barack Obama.
One person who probably felt the worst after the cancellation announcement was comedian John Goodman. Like other members of the cast, he was looking forward to playing his old role as Roseanne’s husband after a 21-year break.
In his recent interview with The Times, Goodman revealed how badly the cancelation shook him:
I was broken-hearted, but I thought, 'OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go'.
While ABC distanced itself from Roseanne, Goodman stayed close, insisting that his on-screen wife was not a racist. The TV network said her tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."
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. I know, I know for a fact that she’s not a racist.
ET caught up with Barr after the interview with The Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Podcast, recorded at Stand Up NY. While speaking about her friendship with Goodman and his comments about her not being a racist, Barr got very emotional and almost broke down in tears.
I love him. So sweet of him to do that, so nice, 'cause he does know me.
She also revealed to ET how touched she was by Goodman’s defense, and how she almost cried when she read his interview:
I was so happy, it was so sweet. I think it was so nice for someone who knows me to speak for me, it was great.
Goodman shared his thoughts with The Times on possible ways ABC would explain Barr’s absence on the new spin-off show, set to hit television later this year. According to Goodman, they may ‘kill’ her character or find some other dramatic way to send her away.
Public opinion of Roseanne spiraled after the racist tweet, and there is no certainty that her career will ever get back on track. The 65-year-old announced that she would go to Israel for a few months and study with her favorite teachers over there.
Fans eagerly anticipate the new series, The Conners, and there's still some hope that ABC will have some success, even with Roseanne Barr out of the picture.