John Goodman Breaks Silence on Roseanne Barr's Controversial Tweet

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May 31, 2018May 31, 2018

Veteran actor and Roseanne Barr's TV husband, John Goodman, has finally broken his silence on Barr's racist Twitter comment. 

"It's not that I disrespect you guys. I would rather say nothing than to cause more trouble," Goodman said, according to ABC News.

Goodman played Dan Connor, the working-class dad on "Roseanne." His character was made famous in the 1988 show and was revived earlier this year when the show made its reboot on ABC. 

When asked how he was doing, the actor responded that he is "fine." He also said that he did not expect to receive an Emmy for his reprisal of the Dan Conner role. 

"I wasn't gonna get an Emmy anyway," he said when asked if the recent controversy would prevent him from ever earning the award. "I've been up there 12 times already and if I don't get one by now, I'm not gonna get one."

Within mere hours of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet claiming that former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looks like an ape, ABC canceled her hit sitcom revival.

Bob Iger, the CEO of parent company Disney, tweeted that there was "only one thing to do here," adding that ABC's decision was "the right thing." 

During an MSNBC special called "Everyday Racism in America," which was airing during the time this news story was breaking, Jarrett responded that this should be a "teaching moment" to all of America.

Tom Arnold, who was married to Roseanne Barr from 1990 to 1994, and who co-starred on the show from 1989 to 1993, wrote that he has a lot of respect for Bob Iger. He also added that it was a tough financial decision but ultimately the right one for the American people. 

Michael Fishman, who played D.J. Connor, called the comments "reprehensible and intolerable." 

After hearing news about her show being canceled, Sara Gilbert, a "Roseanne" star, is also speaking out.

"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.

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." Barr then claimed she's leaving Twitter.

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