When ABC decided to fire Roseanne Barr after her controversial comparison between Valerie Jarret, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Planet of the Apes, most viewers figured the recently-rebooted, highly-popular show was gone for good.
Even worse, ABC pathetically attempted to reboot the reboot…without it’s title character.
Because apparently, you don’t even need viewers to produce a TV show anymore.
In an uncharacteristically depressing plot point, they killed Roseanne’s character off with an opioid overdose, which in a nation struggling with an opioid crisis seems about as politically incorrect as Roseanne’s tweet, but whatever.
John Goodman, Roseanne’s fictional husband on the show, has delicately voice support for his longtime former co-star and echoed this sentiment following the reboot in which he now plays a widower.
In an interview with USA Today, Goodman said while he’s happy the show has returned, he misses “Rosie.”
“It felt great to be back, but there’s a hollow center. I miss Rosie real bad,” said Goodman.
Earlier this year, Goodman said he believed that, despite the “racial” nature of the Roseanne tweet that broke the news cycle for a week straight, he knows she’s not a racist person.
“I know for a fact that she’s not a racist,” he said, according to The Daily Wire. He went on to suggest that perhaps ABC responded poorly.
“I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. And that’s probably all I should say about it.”
Barr expressed her frustration at what ABC did to her character on–where else–Twitter this week.
“That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show,” she wrote.
She added, in typical Roseanne fashion, “I ain’t dead, b*tches!!!”
The MRC noted that while the original Roseanne reboot premiered with “18.44 million viewers and had a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49,” “The Connors” drew just 10.5 million viewers and had a 2.3 rating, a 55% decrease.