Now that Roseanne Barr has been taken off the Roseanne show, executives at ABC have approved plans to move forward with a spinoff which won’t include her called The Conners.
Roseanne herself has revealed how they plan to explain her absence from the show.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports:
Roseanne: My character gets killed off ‘The Conners’ by opioid overdose
Roseanne Barr has revealed how the “Roseanne” spinoff show, “The Conners,” will be getting rid of her character: death by opioid overdose.
Barr appeared on Brandon Straka’s YouTube show, “Walk Away,” over the weekend and announced that her namesake character wasn’t written off gently.
“Oh ya, they killed her,” she said, adding, “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”
Barr slammed ABC for giving her character that ending and said it insulted the fans “who loved that family in that show.”
Despite her issues, she’s resigned herself to her character’s end.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” she acknowledged. “It’s done. It’s over.”
The network’s decision to use an opioid overdose to kill Roseanne’s character is painfully obvious. They are trying to use an issue they think the show’s audience cares about.
It is unlikely to make any difference. Fans of the show were and are rightly furious over her firing and won’t watch the spinoff show as a result.