John Goodman defends Roseanne Barr, says she is 'not a racist'

ABC pulled the plug on the comedian's show 'Roseanne' after she posted a racist tweet, comparing Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape.


                            John Goodman defends Roseanne Barr, says she is 'not a racist'

Months after ABC canceled 'Roseanne' over Roseanne Barr's controversial tweets about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, John Goodman has come to his co-star's defense, saying she is not a racist. Goodman, who appears to have faced the brunt of the consequences of Barr's tweets, said that he was "heart broken" when he learnt that the show will not be aired anymore.

ABC, in May, announced that it was pulling the comedian's show 'Roseanne' from its network after she posted a racist tweet, comparing Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman, to an ape. Roseanne had tweeted: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” the initials referred to the former aide to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett. She later deleted her tweet.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC in its statement said, adding that the show would not be renewed for a second season.

(L-R) Actors John Goodman and Roseanne Barr speak during SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Roseanne on March 27, 2018 in New York City.
(L-R) Actors John Goodman and Roseanne Barr speak during SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Roseanne on March 27, 2018 in New York City.

Goodman, after two months since the incident, while talking to The Sunday Times, was adamant that his co-star was not a racist and revealed how he battled with depression when the show ended after just nine episodes. "I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist. I was broken-hearted. I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. That had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit," Goodman said.

Goodman, who played the role of Roseanne's husband in the show, said that he was eager to do the reboot of the orginial series. Reports state that even though 'Roseanne' has officially been pulled, a spinoff called The Conners will take its place. Roseanne Barr, however, will not be a part of the case.

Roseanne was cancelled around two months back over comedian Roseanne Barr's insensitive tweets (ABC)
Roseanne was cancelled around two months back over comedian Roseanne Barr's insensitive tweets (ABC)

"She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on. ‘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," the 66-year-old Goodman said. 

Barr, after the show's cancellation, had tweeted details of her fallout with ABC, saying that she "begged" her boss, the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group Ben Sherwood, to not cancel the show and give her a chance to redeem herself.

"I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs," the comedian wrote on Twitter.