It was a year ago next week that Roseanne returned to monster ratings and a near-instant renewal. Then everything fell apart. Creator and star Roseanne Barr tweeted, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” referring to President Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. New Roseanne was canceled by ABC over Barr’s “repugnant” views (as if they weren’t already known), and The Conners was born from its ashes, without the involvement of the family matriarch. The rest of the cast stuck around, though, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert, who blasted Barr for her “abhorrent” comments. “I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” she tweeted, adding, “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love — one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
Here’s how Barr responded at the time.
When asked by the Washington Post about Gilbert’s tweets now, Barr said, “She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet. She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.” The Post also detailed how Roseanne’s own family keeps her off Twitter (“Her Twitter remains off-limits. Daughters Jenny, 42, and Jessica, 44, each have part of the password so Barr can’t bully one of them into turning it over”) and her relationship with Shmuley “America’s Rabbi” Boteach, who she credits for saving her life following the cancelation. “I was suicidal,” she said. “He was the only person who stood by me and said they were going to destroy me because I love Trump and Israel.”
Barr has no plans in going off the grid (or at least not calling ABC a “sh*t f*ckin’ low-rated network” at a stand-up gig with Andrew Dice Clay) any time soon, either. “I can’t,” she wrote in a text. “Do I look like the kind of woman who obeys?”
(Via Washington Post)