Roseanne Barr tells the Daily Mail she was fired from the successful reboot of her sitcom Roseanne because she supports Donald Trump and Hollywood hates him.
‘When it happened it was like I thought I was gonna lose my life,’ she recalled. ‘It was devastating and horrible and is unprecedented too that they would do that to me.’
She feels like there is more to her departure from ABC than just the shocking social media post and wonders if there was some sort of conspiracy at play.
‘It was a perfect storm,’ she told Palmer. ‘That’s what I think, just the perfect storm at the perfect time. Kind of a little bit too perfect. Sometimes I think “was this orchestrated? The whole thing?”’
Barr reckons that her continued support of President Donald Trump played into ABC’s decision to boot her.
‘All of Hollywood, they just hate him and they hate those of us who like him. There is no way around it.
‘So, yeah, I think they took me off because I liked him and I like him because I’m a Jew and he likes Israel,’ Barr said matter-of-factly.
In the aftermath of referring to former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett an ape on Twitter, Barr was fired from her own show. The series was initially cancelled but then revived as a spin-off, The Connors. The revamped series is now heading into its second season.
Barr, who is about to begin a comedy tour with Andrew Dice Clay, says she is not in contact with any of her former cast mates.
Roseanne Barr took to her YouTube channel to share some odd musings on the use of the word ‘fag,’ and how she herself put the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ.
The comedienne began in a pensive mood, complaining about the use of the ‘F’ word.
“Man, the word ‘fag’ is a really hateful word, isn’t it?,” begins the comedian while apparently sitting in her car. “Especially when it’s when it’s like one gay calling another gay guy that? Hoo! Have you ever been in the middle of one of them hate marriages? Hoo! It’s like, wait a minute, we’re not supposed to say that word. How come you’resaying that word? What?”
She then complains that while some members of the LGBTQ community use the word, she as a straight woman is not allowed to use the slur.
“Oh, Ijust can’t say that word,” she says. “Well, I can when I’m in the house, but I can’t say it outside the house. Okay, I get your rules.”
“But it is a hateful word and we should get rid of it,” she decides, but then clarifies, “Get rid of it being spoken.”
Ok, so folks should stop saying the word but they can write it? No. Paint it on a wall? No.
The 66-year-old then appears to take partial ownership of the slur by declaring she, herself, is ‘queer.’
“All that LGBTQ stuff, let me just be real, I put the Q in the LGBTQ,” announces the dethroned sitcom queen. “Okay, because I am queer as two motherf**kers.”
Now, we’re off in the underbrush on the way to Poughkeepsie, but we gotta see where this goes, right?
“I’m queer, I’m alien, I don’t belong here with all these people,” she adds although it appears she’s alone, but, you know. “They makes no sense. Theyare very queer.”
“That makes me queer, I guess,” she declares in summation as she starts her car. “But I did put the Q in it. Bye!”
Last night saw the highly-anticipated premiere of the Roseanne spin-off, The Connors, on ABC.
Roseanne Barr’s rebooted sitcom was cancelled earlier this year after the comedian tweeted racist messages about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Barr eventually agreed to step away from the show and characters she helped create so dozens of jobs associated with the sitcom could be saved.
And so, we have The Connors.
(Warning – Spoiler alert)
As previously reported, Roseanne’s character was killed off in the debut episode via an opioid overdose. Longtime fans of Roseanne have seen the show tackle several controversial issues, like the current opioid epidemic, over the years.
The issue was treated with the seriousness and gravity that it deserves.
The episode opened three weeks after the passing of Roseanne’s character and the family members are still pretty much in shock. Especially husband, Dan, played by John Goodman.
When the cause of death is revealed, Dan remains in denial saying he knew he’d flushed Roseanne’s prescription pain killers.
But a pill bottle belonging to a neighbor (played by Mary Steenburgen) is soon found in a coat pocket. It seems the uninsured neighbors traded prescriptions occasionally to help each other out.
Dan initially blames and shames her for giving the pills to Roseanne, but soon even more hidden stashes of pills are found.
“She was going to do what she was going to do,” admits Dan in a line that easily could have been directly about Roseanne Barr herself. “She never listened to a damn person in her life.”
This being network sitcom-land, the family comes to a landing of sorts by the end of the half-hour, but not before the always dependable Laurie Metcalf delivers the “moment” of episode. Her affecting, layered, measured performance is definitely worth the watching.
For her part, Barr, who earlier had told the world she would move to Israel rather than stay in the U.S. for the premiere, tweeted in classic Roseanne fashion, “I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!”
Later in the evening, in a lengthy statement issued through her longtime friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Facebook, Barr called the decision to kill off her character with opioids in “The Conners” debut episode “grim and morbid.”
“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” the statement read in part. “That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”
According to CNN, the premiere of The Connors drew about 10.5 million viewers, which is on par with the last four episodes of Roseanne last season.
Writing for Vanity Fair, television critic Sonia Saraiya praised the evolution of the show and its characters.
The Conners felt richer, after one episode, than the revived Roseanne season did after nine. Barr’s personality took up a lot of space on the Roseanne set. Without her, the cast and the characters have a chance to breathe. And the result is an unlikely, appealing family sitcom with a motley crew of characters all held together by the same loss.
In advance of the premiere, the producers of The Connors released this featurette yesterday.
What do you think, readers? Do you plan on watching The Connors?
• Britain’s High Court has overturned pharmaceutical company Gilead Science’s patent extension on Truvada. This ruling could mean affordable, generic versions of the drug could be available in the UK by April 2019.
• Roseanne Barr says the upcoming Roseanne spinoff, The Connors, will kill off her character by having her die of opioid overdose as a ‘screw you’ to Trump supporters. However, in the recent season of the rebooted Roseanne, writers had laid the groundwork for her character to struggle with prescription pain killer addiction.
The folks at Sesame Street did respond to the recent revelation by tweeting a statement about the “best friends” which read, in part, “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
During a conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for the conservative “Promised Land” podcast, Roseanne Barr revealed she’s planning to leave the United States for Israel before the premiere of the ABC spinoff sitcom, The Connors.
Shmuley didn’t shy away from the upcoming premiere set for October 16 on ABC.
The New York Daily Newsreports the Rabbi asked point-blank if she planned to watch the “revised version” of her now departed sitcom.
“I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there,” Barr told Shmuley, a longtime friend. “And that’s where I’m going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers.”
“You know, I have saved a few pennies and I’m so lucky that I can go,” she added. “It’s my great, great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”
The comedy star also shared that staying in the U.S. for the premiere and seeing the media’s response could “tempt” her to make a controversial comment about the spinoff, especially if she “has too many drinks.”
Barr did offer this comment regarding The Connors: “I’m not going to curse it or bless it. I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do. I’m staying away from it. (I’m not) wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies, you know. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral.”
Barr also admitted to “some mental health issues of depression and stuff,” during the chat. Alluding to personal demons, she explained, “I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again.”
In a recent tweet, Barr told fans that she’s “got new Dr.’s and am doing better now.”
The reboot of Barr’s hit sitcom, Roseanne, was summarily cancelled after one season in the aftermath of racist tweets by the 65-year-old comedienne about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. In the tweets, which Roseanne later blamed on “Ambien-tweeting,” she compared Jarrett to an ape.
She denied any racist overtones claiming, “I thought the b—h was white.”
Barr also made disparaging comments about former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and Democratic supporter, George Soros.
ABC decided to revamp the reboot one more time, this time without Barr. In order for the project to move forward, however, Barr was required to sign away any rights to future royalties of the new show.
In an interview last week, actor John Goodman shared that Barr’s character will be killed off in the new spinoff.
Fans of the now-defunct sitcom Roseanne get their first tease of the reboot of the rebooted series, The Connors.
The official synopsis reads:
“After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns — with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”
Television patriarch John Goodman spilled the beans this week in an interview with The Times that Roseanne’s character will definitely be killed off, saying, “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
Goodman also commented on Roseanne’s now-infamous tweet that got her kicked to the curb by ABC that compared former White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape.
“I know, I know for a fact she’s not racist,” Goodman told The Times.
In any case, after Roseanne was forced to sign away any future royalties for the upcoming The Connors, the new reboot is set to premiere October 16 at 8pm on ABC.
• In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Australia pop star Sia admits she refused to take a photo with Donald Trump backstage at SNL. When asked for the photo op, she replied, “Actually, do you mind if we don’t? I have a lot of queer and Mexican fans, and I don’t want them to think that I support your views.” #Bravo
• John Goodman confirmed to The Times that Roseanne Barr’s character will indeed be killed off in the upcoming reboot of the rebooted Roseanne sitcom, now to be titled, The Connors.
•Porn star Stormy Daniels was asked by Vogue Magazine about her infamous one-night-stand with Donald Trump. Daniels reply – “How many details can you really give about two minutes?” #Ouch
• I’ll bookend this News Round-Up with one more by the handsome Mr. James, who proves in this pic he has clothes, albeit they may be coming off in the photo…
• Chelsea Handler will guest star on Will & Grace this fall as a “high-powered lesbian” who begins to date Grace’s sister.
• Former Apprentice star and White House Office of Public Liaison official Omarosa is releasing a tell-all titled “UNHINGED: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” I’m guessing it will not be flattering for the president or his allies.
• Fox News anchor Shep Smith is not having the Trumpster calling journalists “fake news.”
“Over 22 years at this network, it’s been my experience that the journalists of Fox News and Fox Business and those of our colleagues at competitors at CNN and MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS, Bloomberg and PBS, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Washington Post – all of them operate in the public interests. We work to discern what is truth. Then to present it to you in context and with perspective. As your representatives in the people’s halls, we report to you without fear or favor while striving to hold those in power to the same standards. This is the foundation of what we do.”
Watch one of the few sane voices at Fox News below.
In an odd, unsettling clip, Roseanne Barr is shown to be distressed and agitated.
The comedienne references her since-deleted tweet in which she likened Jarrett, a black former advisor to Barack Obama, to an “ape.”
“I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal. That’s what my tweet was about,” Barr shrieks.
“I thought the bitch was white!” she said with more intensity. “Goddamnit, I thought the bitch was white. Fuck!”
This is something. Watch below.
An unhinged Roseanne Barr posted this video to her YouTube account explaining her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett: “I thought the bitch was white! God damn it! I thought the bitch was white! Fuck!” pic.twitter.com/19M6ngOuPc
Earlier this month, Barr had announced she would sit for a TV interview to explain her side of the story behind the unraveling of her hit sitcom after making racist tweets about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
To my wonderful fans who I treasure and love-who have carried me these past weeks when I was 2 weak 2 carry myself: I will be doing a TV interview this week. I’ll tell u about it tomorrow!
A day later, she reversed herself: “After a lot of thought, I decided that I won’t be doing any TV interviews, too stressful & untrustworthy 4 me & my fans. I’m going to film it myself & post it on my youtube channel in the next week-the entire explanation of what happened & why! I love you all-sign up & get ready.”
After a lot of thought, I decided that I won’t be doing any TV interviews, too stressful & untrustworthy 4 me & my fans. I’m going to film it myself & post it on my youtube channel in the next week-the entire explanation of what happened & why! I love you all-sign up & get ready.