The Show Will Go On…Minus the Matriarch
No Roseanne? No problem.
Twitter trouble may have gotten actress Roseanne Barr the boot from ABC, but why should the rest of the talented cast and crew suffer? Fans far and wide adore the Conner family even if they can no longer support the hit show's biggest star.
Roseanne, back for its second run was doing fantastically, until Barr blew it by blowing up Twitter with racist comments that caused the network to scramble and scrap the show nearly instantly. A hardworking team suddenly lost their jobs and probably any respect for the show's creator who blamed Ambien for her tirade against former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.
Thankfully for the remaining staff, ABC realized that they didn't need Barr as the star and has announced a spinoff, The Conners (working title). So, while Barr is home popping sedatives, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, etc. can get back to the set to work on The Conners.
As per CNN, "'We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it's clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,' the remaining cast members said Thursday in a joint statement."
Barr is on board with the spinoff too, agreeing to a settlement where she won't make a dime off the new show and saying, "I wish the best for everyone involved." According to
Deadline, "Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series after reaching a settlement with series producer Tom Werner."
The Conner family dynamic will shift, but the chemistry of the cast is sure to be as magical as ever. How they'll address the elephant in the room…or lack thereof? We'll have to tune in and find out.
Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.
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Racist Rant Sends Barr and Team Packing
A short-lived comeback.
After just returning to television after many years away from the small screen, the hit sitcom Roseanne was just abruptly cancelled by ABC after the show's star, Roseanne Barr let loose on Twitter with a rude and racist tweet.
In her offensive social media moment, Barr tweeted about Barack Obama's former top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, writing, "Jarrett looked like a combination of "Muslim Brotherhood + Planet of the Apes." To exacerbate matters, when folks responded to her comment which they declared wreaked of racism, Barr retorted with ""Muslims r NOT a race" and said her tweet was merely a "joke."
Well, ABC surely wasn't laughing and chose to cancel the show, despite a high-rating season back on television. "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," announced Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.
Like most Twitter blunders and bad behavior, the "tweeter" usually comes back quickly with an apology – just as Barr did earlier today, before announcing she was leaving the social media platform. She wrote, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste."
Fans enjoy Roseanne for it's no-nonsense take on controversial social issues, politics, relationships, and hardships, but racism is never OK, "joking" or not. As a staunch supporter of President Trump on her show and in real life, perhaps Barr should have stepped away from following his less-than-presidential Twitter behavior. Certainly, Barr's co-stars must be as shocked and appalled as the rest of us, let alone properly pissed off that they are now out of a high-paying job.
The woman who Barr referred to in her tweet - Valerie Jarrett - said ABC made the "right call" with their choice to cancel the program during a town hall hosted by MSNBC. "I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense," she said. Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, even called Jarrett personally before making the announcement that Roseanne would be cancelled.
Will another network pick up the beloved show if Barr's apology cuts the mustard? If people can let Trump get away with his Twitter tirades, can a sitcom star get similar treatment? Stay tuned to find out if the show will go on or if Roseanne is ruined forever.
Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, AMC Daycare, and more.
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