Roseanne will be killed off in 'The Conners,' confirms John Goodman
John Goodman vouches for Roseanne, says she is not a racist. He also admitted that her firing not only impacted his on-screen character but him as a person as well.
The 'Roseanne’ spin-off, tentatively titled ‘The Conners’ is very much a reality and it looks like the show-runners have taken a call on what do with the character of Roseanne. John Goodman, who played Roseanne Barr’s on-screen husband Dan Conner on the ABC show has revealed that the character of Roseanne will be killed off for the sake of a Roseanne Barr-free ‘The Conners.’ Goodman told The Times UK that his character will be “mopey and sad because his wife is dead.” The actor, who insists that his former co-star is not a racist, mourns not only the death of ‘Roseanne’ the character but also ‘Roseanne’ the show.
Speaking about his bout of depression after the abrupt cancellation of the show, he said, "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.”
In May, Roseanne, who was riding high on the success of the return of her show, had posted a tweet that compared Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman, and Obama aide, to an ape. "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” read the tweet.
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
ABC quick to swoop into action, almost immediately canceling the show – which was highly rated, rendering not just Barr, but all the cast and crew jobless. There was no changing the network’s decision even after deleting the tweet and apologizing. Now, the show is getting a spin-off and everyone from ‘Roseanne’ is on board except Barr herself. "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," Goodman said.
The 10-episode spinoff will premiere this fall, in the same Tuesday at 8 EDT/PDT, the time slot that was the planned home for Season 2 of 'Roseanne.' As for 'Roseanne', Goodman is certain what its legacy would be: “Five years from now, the Roseanne show’s gonna be history and I’ll probably be just a trivia question from the late Eighties.”