The Conners' John Goodman says he's grateful to Roseanne Barr for "giving up a lot" to let the spinoff go forward after the cancellation of Roseanne. After years off the air, Roseanne returned to ABC early in 2018 and brought in monster ratings for the network. But the comeback story of Barr and her sitcom turned sour when the controversial actress tweeted a racist remark and ABC fired her and canceled the series.
Several weeks later however, the story took another turn when ABC moved forward on a Roseanne spinoff bringing back all the main cast - except Barr. It emerged then that the network and Barr had worked out a settlement wherein Barr relinquished her rights in exchange for a payout. That agreement paved the way for The Conners, a spinoff focused on Barr's former TV family, with a cast headed up by Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.
With The Conners getting set to debut on ABC in the time-slot originally set aside for season 2 of the Roseanne revival, John Goodman made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and talked about the bittersweet experience of returning as Dan Conner without Barr. Goodman told Kimmel that Barr is "missed," and that he personally went through a tough time as a result of Barr's firing. Calling Barr his "buddy," Goodman praised the actress for sacrificing so that The Conners could go ahead. "She gave up a lot for us to be able to do this show, and I can’t thank her enough,” he said. See the full interview below:
At the time that Roseanne was canceled due to Barr's tweet, many piled on the actress not only for her racist remark, but for being so selfish as to jeopardize the jobs of the other actors and crew-members who were set to come back for season 2 of Roseanne. Amid that criticism, Barr made the decision to give up her rights to the show and many have painted that move as a magnanimous one that allowed people to keep their jobs. It's worth mentioning again however that Barr did receive an undisclosed payment in exchange for letting the spinoff go forward, so it's not as though she walked away empty handed.
As his interview with Kimmel makes clear, Goodman has mixed feelings about returning to The Conners without Barr around. Kimmel also tried to press Goodman for details about how Roseanne will be written out of the show but Goodman refused to bite (during an earlier interview he let slip that Barr's character will die, though he didn't specify how). Barr herself has claimed that the show will kill off Roseanne by having her suffer an opioid overdose. It remains to be seen whether The Conners can pick up where Roseanne left off, without Roseanne herself being a part of the story.
The Conners season 1 premieres October 16 on ABC.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!