'She is missed': John Goodman shares about Roseanne Barr not being on new spinoff 'The Conners'
John Goodman revealed that he went through a rough time in the weeks following the show's cancelation after Barr made a racist comment against a former White House advisor
Clearly, John Goodman has no hard feelings towards his former costar Roseanne Barr and he recently revealed that she has been missed on the sets of the new show spinoff called 'The Conners'.
While on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 66-year-old Goodman discussed the upcoming spinoff and shared that being without Roseanne on the new show has been an adjustment for him. "She is missed. After that many years, it’s like a family. It was very weird doing the first show without her because she’s my buddy," he shared. ABC canceled the Roseanne reboot after Barr made a racist comment against a former White House advisor.
According to People, the network confirmed that it was going to go ahead with the spinoff which will feature five out of six core cast members. The five cast members will make a comeback for a 10 episode series. 'The Conners' will show the family moving ahead without their matriarch as Barr's character will reportedly be killed off. "It’s the same family, minus mom. They don't like me talking about it. ... You have to wait till next week," Goodman revealed.
After working on a settlement with the ABC network, Barr resorted to giving up all financial and creative involvement with the new series. "She gave up a lot so that people could work," Goodman added. Even though Goodman has been able to come to terms with continuing the show without Barr, he told People that he did have a "bad time" in the weeks following the show's cancellation.
"I was consciously trying to accept it. Just like, 'Okay, this is happening, just breathe and go with it.' Underneath I’m trying to get out of a plastic bag that is closing in on me, but I'm trying to be calm on the surface. I remember that contradiction," Goodman revealed. He also recalled "struggling" for around a month.
"And then other things started going wrong. I fell down the steps and broke a rib. My wife got sick — just all kinds of weird stuff happened at one time. But I just had a feeling that it would work out," he continued.
According to Sara Gilbert who will star in 'The Conners', it was more about the process of dealing with the show's cancelation. As reported by People, she shared, "It was just, today we’re dealing with what happened and the cancellation. And then the network pretty shortly thereafter started to talk to us about what could come next. You know after the dust settled. I tried not to think too much about anything other than what I was dealing with at each step."
"Any sadness that we feel over what we’ve lost we’re hopefully channeling in an honest way into the show," she continued. "And our show has always been able to deal with heavy topics, particularly for a sitcom. It’s been kind of built into the mix," she added.