Roseanne Barr reacts to spin-off show, "The Conners"
(LOS ANGELES) — ABC on Thursday announced it would be moving forward with a Roseanne spin-off that excludes the show’s original star and namesake.
The network added that show regulars like John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman are all set to reprise their roles in the new sitcom, which has the tentative title The Conners.
While ABC says Barr will have no financial or creative involvement, the comedian did speak out about the spin-off, wishing the cast and crew “the best.”
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” she told ABC News in a statement. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”
Terms of ABC’s settlement with Barr were also not disclosed.
Barr’s show was abruptly canceled after she sent a tweet likening Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to President Obama, to the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes. She later deleted the tweet and apologized.
ABC said The Conners will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and the, “spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.”
“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 statement added.
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