Most people agree Roseanne Barr got what she deserved for her racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. But what about the rest of the “Roseanne” cast - and, especially, crew - who find themselves unemployed now that ABC has canceled the show?
“Roseanne” was a monumental hit for the network -- it was also a means of income for the few hundred people who worked on the show. Our guess is that stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert will be fine, but there are plenty of others who worked behind the scenes who are looking for work today.
“I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” Barr tweeted after the show was canned.
Twitter seemed to have plenty of suggestions. Some tweeted that the show could be rebranded, withBarr gone and Goodman and Metcalf, who played Roseanne’s husband and sister, becoming the focus.
I hate that Roseanne took the livelihoods of cast and crew she didn't speak for with her. Can we just rebrand the show "Dan" and have John Goodman hang out with Jeff Bridges, slowly transitioning the whole thing to a Big Lebowski TV run?— Richard Jeter (@MilesToGo13) May 29, 2018
This opens the door to a pretty good TV show that's just Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman doing stuff. Doesn't even matter what it's about. Knitting. Putting up drywall. Naps.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) May 29, 2018
Pitch for a new show -- Dan, starring John Goodman as an affable newly single dad trying to figure out a new life path— afrobella (@afrobella) May 29, 2018
ABC should change the name of the show from "Roseanne" to "The Conner Family" and kill off Roseanne Conner. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and the others can continue without her. https://t.co/xcjKvapunH— Marc Berman (@marcberman) May 29, 2018
Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman let me write things for you— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 30, 2018
Actor Michael Fishman, who has played D.J. Conner on the series, tweeted that he’s “devastated” by the show’s cancellation, “not for the end of the ‘Roseanne’ show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes.”
Fishman caled Barr’s comments “reprehensible and intolerable.”
“Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness,” Fishman tweeted. “The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved.
“In this moment it is important to be clear,” he wrote. “We must stand-up against: bias, hatred, bigotry and ignorance to make society a better place for all.”
Added Gilbert, who played Barr’s daughter on the show:
This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we?ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love? one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018