When Roseanne Barr called former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett an ape on Twitter, many suspected that Disney wouldn’t dare cancel her eponymous hit show, Roseanne.
The reboot of the 1990s original found a surprisingly large audience when it premiered earlier this year, particularly from Trump supporters who celebrated both the middle-America ethos of the show, and the combative comedian herself who they revere for her early and consistent support of Donald Trump.
So enamored with Trump is Roseanne that she turned her character on the show into a MAGA mouthpiece, often writing her support for him into the shows scripts.
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Roseanne 2.0 received massive ratings right out of the gate, and Disney had an unexpected and undeniable number one show its hands – albeit one that came with a massive amount of controversy. And so when Roseanne launched the Twitter tirade in May that included the now infamous ape tweet, many were shocked when Disney pulled the plug, and did so quickly and decisively.
Less than a month later, however, ABC, which Disney owns, has reportedly reached a deal to bring the show back – with one very important catch. Roseanne Barr the actress won’t be involved in any way, shape or form. Even her name is going to wiped from the title.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late Thursday, writing:
“Following aggressive talks with exec producer Tom Werner, the Disney-owned broadcaster has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Roseanne spinoff The Conners (working title). The new take, which will also be a multicamera comedy and premiere in the fall, 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.”
Adding insult to injury, “Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series,” ABC said in a press release.
It’s hard to imagine the show without the eponymous star, especially for those who remember the less politically charged but equally controversial original. That said, it’s fantastic news for the rest of the cast and crew, all of whom suffered unnecessarily from Roseanne’s shameful racism and selfish antics.