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.
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