It looks like The Conners will handle the absence of their matriarch in the only way that makes sense for the series – by killing off Roseanne Barr’s famous character. In a new interview with UK publication The Times, actor John Goodman, who has played Barr’s on-screen husband Dan Conner since 1988, alludes to the decision to kill Barr’s character when the new show premieres in October.
“I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” Goodman told The Times. Well, that sounds pretty definitive.
Goodman prefaced his comment by saying the fate of the Roseanne character is still ‘unknown,’ but she’s dead, right?
It’s the outcome that makes the most sense for the new series. On the long-running family sitcom, the character Roseanne was committed to her family and writing her off the show in any way other than death wouldn’t seem natural.
The reboot of Roseanne was a ratings goliath when it returned to the small screen earlier this year, but after Barr sent out a racist tweet suggesting former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looked like the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby,” ABC announced they were cancelling the previously greenlit second season. The rest of the cast condemned Barr’s tweet on their own social media pages and Barr eventually apologized, with ABC deciding to move forward without Barr on a new spinoff series called The Conners.
In the same interview, Goodman admitted that Barr’s tweet left him feeling brokenhearted and depressed. “But I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”
Goodman defended his on-screen wife, saying that he knows for a fact that she’s not racist, and said that he was surprised by ABC’s response to the tweet. “I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. And that’s probably all I should say about it.”
Unlike Barr, Goodman knows when to stop talking.
The Conners will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.