Fox News reports that ABC is reportedly considering another reboot of "Roseanne." But this time, rather than focusing on Roseanne Barr's character, it will focus on Sara Gilbert, the show's daughter Darlene Conner.
ABC also reportedly believes that there might be a way of rebranding the show.
Certainly, ousting Roseanne Barr and replacing her with Sara Gilbert as the show's new main character would be a way of rebranding the show. But it's unclear if Gilbert could bring in the high ratings.
Apparently, in order to see if this is a possibility, Gilbert has been contacting other cast members of Roseanne to see if they might still be interested in going forward without Roseanne Barr.
One person who might be on board, according to TMZ, is John Goodman, who plays Roseanne's husband and Gilbert's father on the comedy. He is "very interested," according to sources. Despite these rumors, however, Gilbert and Goodman's reps did not immediately respond for comment when asked by Fox News. Therefore, such rumors should be taken with suspicion, and not immediately be assumed to be true.
After hearing news about her show being canceled, Sara Gilbert has been speaking out. She has condemned Roseanne Barr's comment about former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday, according to The Hill.
"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, who plays Darlene Conner on "Roseanne," wrote in a tweet.
"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," she added in a second tweet.
ABC canceled the popular sitcom "Roseanne" on Tuesday after Roseanne Barr, the show's main star, said something racist on Twitter.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said, according to CNN.
The cancellation was an absolute shock, especially since "Roseanne" premiered to such massive ratings just three months ago. It was also shocking because pre-production for the second season was already scheduled for Tuesdays at 8 pm. With high ratings and favorable reviews, it seemed that "Roseanne" was here to stay.
Barr's tweet caught headlines early on Tuesday, and ABC refused to silent on it for several hours. Ultimately, however, ABC claimed that they had no choice but to cancel the show. According to one source familiar with the situation, it was a question of "right and wrong." Barr's comment was inconsistent with the network's values.
In one of the tweets, she wrote, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
Barr was referencing Valerie Jarrett, a former top aide to former President Barack Obama. It is quite likely that Barr intended for the comment to be a joke, but many people were offended.
"I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks," Barr tweeted. "I should have known better. Forgive me -- my joke was in bad taste."
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