I know you all remember how, with one little joke, the newly revived and actually funny continuation of the classic comedy Roseanne was put to an end so there may be no need to go into all that yet again.
But the real kick to the nads is when the network announced: “The Conners” – which is supposed to be Roseanne minus… Roseanne. Since then, there’s been a lot of wild speculation about how they planned to continue the landmark series, that had just enjoyed a HUGELY successful 10th season, without the actual and true MAIN CHARACTER.
Well, Roseanne Barr recently revealed what they planned to do about it. John Goodman had once hinted that they planned to kill off Barr’s character during an interview with U.K. newspaper The Times. “I guess [Dan will] be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” he said.
Over the weekend, Roseanne Barr appeared for an interview on a Youtube show called Walk Away, where she says that the character dies of an overdose.
“Oh ya, they killed her,” she said. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.” She went on to state that she was NOT happy with the way that the direction the network and writers are going about all this.
“It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show,” she said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over,” she said. “There’s no fight left.”
Though it should be noted that the network has not officially released anything about the fate of Roseanne.
The Conners, which focuses on the same family (minus Roseanne Conner) at the center of Roseanne, officially started production last month.
The show follows the hugely successful 10th season of Roseanne, which aired from 2017 to 2018 but was later canceled because of a since-deleted racist tweet from creator Barr about Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, released a statement calling the tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Weeks later, PEOPLE confirmed the network had greenlit the spinoff with five of the six core cast members returning for a 10-episode, straight to series order. The Conners will follow “the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”
Ultimately, I don’t think the show will have much momentum without Roseanne. The other characters, with the exception of perhaps Dan, have little to offer without her quirky comebacks.
The whole interview is an hour long so instead of posting the video directly here I’ll provide this as a link in case you want to listen.