The Co-Star Roseanne Barr Says Ruined Her Life

Disgraced former TV star Roseanne Barr apparently has a bone to pick with the entertainment industry. While speaking with RT America in June 2019, the controversial actress said that political correctness has killed comedy, and argued that, quote, “being offended is how we grow.”

Of course, these comments aren’t too surprising considering it’s been just over a year since Barr’s own career seemingly fell apart in a matter of hours over a racist and Islamaphobic tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

After the tweet made headlines in May 2018, Barr naturally faced severe backlash on social media and in the press. She apologized, but later blamed the tweet on being under the influence of Ambien, leading the drug’s manufacturer Sanofi to tweet out that, quote, “racism is not a known side effect” of the sleep aid.

Meanwhile, longtime TV daughter Sara Gilbert called the remark “abhorrent” on behalf of the Roseanne revival’s cast and crew, and ABC quickly cancelled the beloved show in the fallout. Gilbert relaunched the series as The Conners by killing off Barr’s character in an opioid overdose.

Barr has had no qualms about publicly blaming one of her former co-stars for her shockingly swift downfall…namely Sara Gilbert. While speaking with the Washington Post in March 2019, 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.”

Despite being compared to Hannibal Lecter, Gilbert told the publication,

“While I’m extremely disappointed and heartbroken over the dissolution of the original show, she will always be family, and I will always love Roseanne.”

It should be noted that this interview followed reports of The Conners’ second-season renewal. By May 2019, ABC announced that the spin-off’s season two episode count would be expanded from 11 episodes to closer to the 19-to-22 range, an unsurprising turn considering The Conners proved to be the network’s number one new comedy during the 2018-2019 season. Of course, it was great news for Gilbert and all involved…but for Barr? Not so much.

During her headline-making interview with the Post, the 66-year-old actress went on to admit that she was “suicidal” amid her Twitter scandal, and revealed one of her friends, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, had, quote, “saved [her] life” during that dark time.

While Barr appears to be holding onto the past, Gilbert seems to be all about moving toward the future. Just a month after announcing her impending departure from The Talk in April 2019, she launched her own production company with longtime collaborator and executive producer Tom Werner. With her final appearance on the popular talk show, for which she’s earned two Daytime Emmys, taking place on August 2nd of this year, Gilbert will continue to star in and executive produce The Conners. And she has some pretty big plans for its sophomore season.

With Barr officially out, Gilbert opened up to Variety’s “My Favorite Episode” podcast in June 2019 about the comedy-drama balance she hopes to strike as the series moves forward, saying,

“You want to honor the original show, and then keep up with the times to some degree. We just naturally want to go deeper. We’ve been making less episodes, which has allowed us to make the show more serialized and have these really complete arcs.”

Meanwhile, Barr offered to RT her take on what comedy should do in 2019.

#RoseanneBarr #TheConners #SaraGilbert

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44 COMMENTS

  1. If I had Sara Gilbert in 1 hand and some garbage in the other hand, I would make a greater effort to dispose of Gilbert first. 😶

  2. She says people are too sensitive and people feelings need to be hurt to grow. Fine. Let me as a black guy make fun of the holocaust or the Irish potato famine. Would she still say that?

  3. I have always thought that sara Gilbert was lucky to have Roseanne be loyal to her since she is so obviously a poor actress and added very little to the show.  Guess that is gratitude for you.

  4. I really loved it when Roseanne came back on the air. I thought it was a great show. I think it's crazy for them to let her go. I kept hoping they would change their mind. I watched the first episode of the Connors and have never watched it again. I have no desire to watch, but if Roseanne was still there, I would definitely watch.

  5. Yeah Roseanne they just wanted to hurt your feeling so you can start thinking about keeping your mouth shut and your racist beliefs to yourself.

  6. I do not have any respect for Roseanne anymore after she made that racial remark about a black person on tweet and the Conner show sucks being on meds is an excuse

  7. Sarah Gilbert has more talent, NATURAL ability to draw an audience. Roseanne continues to make rude mistakes that excuses eventually run out. Sorry. But " Roseanne" could have been killed out of the cast years ago. There has and was much more talent behind the name. She's lucky the were decent enough to rename it The Conners" Sarah has proved to be able to multitask on so many levels and remain grounded and a great role model. No excuses to not be kind. Sorry…

  8. Islam IS NOT A RACE
    SHE IS NOT RACIST.AND IT WAS NOT A #1 HIT.ON ABC.THE FIRST EP WAS BECAUSE EVERYONE wanted to see how the dealt.with roseanne. They didint even renew the show till the last minute and SARAH GILBERT PAID FOR IT, THIS IS BS UNSUBSCRIBED

  9. The comment Roseanne made wasn’t racist, please research. Everyone knows those people cough Sara Gilbert cough would be nowhere without Roseanne. Roseanne made that show what it was; she invested so much into it and that is how I know that she is definitely onto something and that is why the (left wing democratic) ABC had to shut her down and twist her words make out she was racist because they knew that was the only way to silence her because she was making too much sense – it’s so bs and The Connors will never have the same appeal as Roseanne

  10. That's ok.. I will NEVER watch Roseanne, without the Star.. Some of These celebs get wayyyyyyyyy too bent out of shape over nothing.. Like children. Meanwhile there's REAL WORLD ISSUES to deal with.. Shame on em all.. Roseanne shouldn't apologize.

  11. Some of em can't handle a few words, and they go on a tirade.. They could never handle even the smallest dose of reality.. All over a tweet. Boo hoo.. Comedians better watch out.. They should all be fired then.. lol

  12. soical justice warriors everywhere. Gilbert is about as exciting to watch as dripping ice cream. Gonna say it don't care if I get booted, radicalized lesbian feminism is the ruination of this country. She stole Roseanne's show, ABC was in on it, and what Roseanne said was true. Take a freaking joke people.

  13. I have always been a huge fan of Roseanne’s and I believe she will emerge from this as a happier, wiser woman. I will never watch The Conners ever. But Roseanne, why does comedy have to be about hurt feelings? I prefer to see comedy simply as a format to make people laugh and forget about their troubles even if for a moment. Please return to your comedy and discover how much you are loved by the people in this country. We surely do miss you.

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