It’s been a few months since the “Roseanne” reboot was canceled by ABC following Roseanne Barr’s offensive tweets. In its place, the new spin-off, “The Conners,” is set to debut on October 16th on ABC. In a new interview, the stars of the new show have spoken up about the controversy together for the first time.
From the moment they first heard about the tweets until “Roseanne’s” cancellation, Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf have been taking things one day at a time. If there’s one thing they’re grateful for after the controversy, it’s the birth of the new spin-off series. “There was a debt owed to this fictional family,” notes Goodman. “We want to finish telling the story.”
Barr won’t appear or be in any way involved in the new show – and while the stars are sad to see her go, they’re grateful to her for giving the new series the green light. With her character reportedly set to be killed off, the actors are hoping to channel any negative feelings left over into the show as they continue on. “We’re leaning on each other when we do this show,” adds Goodman. “It’s different, but we can create something new from it.”