Roseanne Barr says losing 'Roseanne' was like a death to her, reveals plans to leave the country
The 65-year-old TV star says she will be traveling to Israel for a few months to study with her favorite teachers and pursue some of her other passions
ABC decided to ax the comedy 'Roseanne' following a social media controversy — despite the series raking in impressive ratings — and went ahead with a spinoff called 'The Conners'. This Roseanne Barr-less installment is scheduled to air in the fall and, ahead of the series premiere, the controversial former face of the show, comedian Roseanne Barr, has opened up about the new show.
If 65-year-old TV star's words are any indication, she has no plans of hanging around when 'The Conners' premieres without her in October. Speaking to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on a podcast, Barr explained how losing the show was like a death to her.
"There was mourning," the actress-cum-comedian dished. "Like anything, it was a death to me, the death of my character." While Barr has no intention of wishing evil upon the spinoff which unites some of the original stars, she won't be watching the series or, like she says, she doesn't want to "go dark". "I'm not gonna curse it or bless it, I'm staying neutral. It's what I gotta do," said Barr.
In fact, when 'The Conners' is on air, the comedian will be traveling to the other end of the world to pursue some of her other passions.
Barr revealed, "I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there. And that's where I'm going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers. I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky I can go. It's my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman."
In early 2018, ABC had revived 'Roseanne' to an outstanding viewership, raking in an almost 18 million-plus viewers for the premiere itself. However, in the following days, in an unexpected move, the revived show was given the boot by the network over the series lead Barr's controversial tweet about Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser of President Barack Obama. Pulling the plug on 'Roseanne', in fact, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey had slammed Barr's post calling it "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."
In addition, ABC in an official statement also confirmed that Barr would have no involvement whatsoever with the new spinoff series. "Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series," their statement read.
What came next is history. With 'The Conners' all set to premiere on Tuesday, October 16, chances are high that fans will not be treated to the iconic character of Roseanne anymore. If anything, as co-star John Goodman suggests, her character will be killed off in the much-awaited spin-off.