Roseanne Barr says former co-star Sara Gilbert destroyed her life – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Roseanne Barr says former co-star Sara Gilbert destroyed her life - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Roseanne Barr says former co-star Sara Gilbert destroyed her show and her life
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, former Roseanne star, Roseanne Barr, notes that a tweet from her co-star Sara Gilbert, that came 27 minutes before the cancellation of the show was announced, is what truly destroyed everything. Gilbert said she is extremely disappointed and heartbroken over the original shows cancellation, but Barr will always be family, and I will always love Roseanne.

It’s been nearly 10 months since ABC made the highly controversial decision to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.” Now, Roseanne Barr herself is getting candid about who she blames for the whole ordeal — co-star Sara Gilbert.

Boteach also helped Barr deliver what remains the closest thing to a heartfelt apology. He recorded the raw exchange with her two days after the cancellation and aired it, a month later, as a podcast. Barr has never listened to it. On the call, she tries to explain herself. That she didnt know Jarrett, the Obama adviser, was black. She just knew Jarrett had played a part in the Iran nuclear deal, which she hated. And even though few may believe her, she insisted that she would have never used the “Planet of the Apes” reference if she had known Jarretts race.

As previously reported, the network abruptly pulled the plug on the revival of “Roseanne” after its titular star tweeted a racist remark comparing former President Obama's aide Valerie Jarrett to the “Muslim brotherhood” and “Planet of the Apes.”

At the time, Barr apologized and took responsibility for her actions, explaining that a dose of Ambien played a role in the incident. She even agreed to step aside so that a spinoff, “The Conners,” could happen without her benefitting creatively or financially.

At 1:48 p.m., only hours later, ABC canceled “Roseanne,” after Iger called Jarrett to personally apologize. (Jarrett declined to speak to The Post.) In a statement that morning, Dungey called the tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Werner would eventually negotiate a settlement with Barr — neither party will say for how much — so ABC could launch a spinoff. When the network announced “The Conners” on June 21, the release made sure to note that Barr would have “no financial or creative involvement.”

Video: Roseanne Barr blames TV daughter, Sara Gilbert for shows cancellation

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However, in a recent interview with The Washington Post, Barr seems to have changed her tune. She notes that a tweet from Gilbert that came 27 minutes before the cancellation of the show was announced still sticks with her as what “destroyed” everything.

“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” Gilbert’s tweet at the time read.

Her rescue from that depression came in the form of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an author, TV host and public speaker and longtime Barr advisor, who scored the first public interview with Barr after her Roseanne firing. The tear-filled interview was the public’s first view of Barr’s desperate remorse at the firestorm she created by a racially charged tweet.

“She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet,” Barr told the outlet in a recent interview, right before making a “Silence of the Lambs” reference about her former co-star. “She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

Representatives for Gilbert did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, she gave a brief statement to the Post about the jab from her former TV mom.

In the latest edition, Barr spoke to the Washington Post and revealed that she was suicidal and spent time after being fired from her namesake show “holed up in her mom’s basement in Utah, chain-smoking and in tears.”

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“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,” she said.

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Barr also revealed that she still has an ax to grind with regard to how “The Conners” came about. She claimed to the outlet that she was told by the show’s executive producer, Tom Werner, that she would be a hero if she signed over her rights to the characters and saved the jobs of the people who would be fired in the wake of the series revival’s cancellation. She claims he told her he would go out and say she’s not a racist and even keep the door open for her to return someday.

However, those hopes were dashed when the Roseanne character was killed off by way of an opioid overdose in the first episode of the spinoff.

Roseanne Barr blames former co-star for ABC canceling Roseanne

The "Roseanne" spin-off on Friday officially received a second season order from ABC, a move that was not unexpected. Despite the controversy that led to its creation, "The Conners" was a solid performer for ABC in its freshman season, averaging 9.5 million viewers and coming in as the season's No. 1 new comedy.

Any sadness that we feel over what weve lost were hopefully channeling in an honest way into the show, Gilbert said at the time to People. And our show has always been able to deal with heavy topics, particularly for a sitcom. Its been kind of built into the mix.

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"We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family," Karey Burke, president ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. "This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves."

Roseannes recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least, Gilbert tweeted in May 2018.

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"The Conners" debuted in October and revolves around the family of Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) grappling with her sudden death due to opioid abuse.

Gilbert didnt respond to her comment directly, stating, While Im extremely disappointed and heartbroken over the dissolution of the original show, she will always be family, and I will always love Roseanne, she was quoted by the Post as saying.

She destroyed my life: Roseanne Barr blames co-star Sara Gilbert for sitcoms demise

Throughout its first season, it also tackled issues like divorce and the socio-economic pressures experienced by the working class.

The spin-off was born after ABC canceled its highly successful "Roseanne" reboot after Barr went on a racist Twitter tirade.


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