Would you still watch Roseanne Barr if she returned to television? According to the actress there are plenty of TV execs who think you will. At least that’s the impression we got listening to Barr on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s podcast recently.
The former Roseanne star (how weird is that to say?) spoke with Boteach following the news that, this fall, ABC is unrolling The Conners, an updated version of Roseanne starring everyone but Barr. (As most of us know by now, Barr was fired over a racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.)
In the interview, Barr revealed that she’s been courting plenty of offers for new projects, one of which she might actually pursue.
“You know, inside every bad thing is a good thing waiting to happen,” Barr said. “I feel very excited because I’ve already been offered so many things, and I’ve almost accepted one really good offer to go back on TV and I might do it. But we’ll see.”
Barr didn’t really offer many more specifics, but doesn’t a TV return seem a touch soon? The actress was only let go from ABC a couple of months ago and while we realize that she lost a lot more than a job when she signed over her rights to the series, it seems like that isn’t a lot of time for her to actually feel as bad as she claims to feel. Or maybe that’s just us.
As it goes, Barr told Boteach that her decision to walk away from rights to her series without a fight or payday is her own form of penance.
“I didn’t ask to be paid off. I asked for nothing and I just stepped away … because that is penance and I put a lot of thought into it,” she said in the podcast. “That didn’t hurt me as bad as knowing every story came from my own life and now they’ll continue those stories and they won’t necessarily be the way I intended when I laid them out. To change my work too is pretty painful. I can’t do anything about it. I can only expand on what I meant.”
So why did the actress walk away from it all? Well, according to her it was because of the people, whom she didn’t want to see suffer because of her own actions.
“I didn’t want to hurt the new show. I was very upset about hurting things that I care about and hurting people I care about,” she added. “Specifically, the little girl who played my granddaughter on the Roseanne show. She’s African American, her name is Jaden [Rey] and she loved me and I loved her. I did not want her to not have a job because she’s great.”
Sure, Rey is great and that’s sweet of Barr to point it out, but doesn’t specifically mentioning the one African American cast member–in your apology about tweeting unsavoury remarks about an African American woman–seem a little disingenuous? Or self-serving? Let’s not forget there is a handful of other cast members to consider here, not to mention an entire crew. It just seems weird that Barr specifically took the time to mention her and no one else.
Anyhow, it seems like Barr’s apology tour continues. Now we’ll all just have to wait and see if this new offer comes to fruition anytime soon. Considering the Roseanne reboot premiered to 18.2 million viewers in March, we kind of have a feeling it will.
Meanwhile The Conners debuts this fall on CTV.