Roseanne Barr is normally very generous in giving her opinions, but when it comes to ABC’s Roseanne spinoff The Conners, the actress says she will remain neutral. Barr of course was fired by ABC after the backlash over her racist tweet aimed at a former President Barack Obama advisor. Roseanne had been renewed for a second season after a successful revival at ABC, but after Barr’s tweet, the network elected to move on from Roseanne but continue with the show’s other characters in a new spinoff series.
Since being fired by ABC, Barr has alternated between shows of indignation and remorse. At one point the actress pointed her finger squarely at her former Roseanne co-stars, accusing them of throwing her under the bus. Then Barr attempted to blame Ambien for her troubles, a move that amusingly led to a rebuke from the makers of the sleep drug. Later, after James Gunn received an outpouring of support upon his firing by Disney over old offensive tweets, Barr wondered aloud why Gunn was getting so much sympathy while all she got was condemnation.
In her latest interview with conservative podcaster Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Barr seemed to take the high road, claiming that she will withhold giving any opinions about ABC’s The Conners. Barr said (via TVLine):
“I’m not going to curse it or bless it. I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do, I’m staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral. That’s what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again. I’ve done it.”
Barr continued by claiming she is moving to Israel to study rather than stay home and watch The Conners. She also told Rabbi Schmuley she's working on a new sitcom but wouldn't go into specifics beyond saying it's a comedy. Barr previously claimed she received multiple offers to return to TV in the wake of her firing by ABC.
As for The Conners, a few days ago the series officially went into production, marking the occasion with a first-look behind-the-scenes photo of the cast assembled in the familiar Conner kitchen. The show also released a teaser that asked the question “What’s Next?” in a clear reference to the departure of Barr. According to The Conners star John Goodman, what’s next is that Roseanne will be killed off the show and his character Dan will have to deal with life as a widower. How the show depicts Roseanne's demise remains to be seen.
It also remains to be seen whether Barr will actually keep her promise to remain neutral as regards The Conners. Past history seems to indicate that Barr may have a hard time keeping off Twitter when the show premieres.