When people heard "Roseanne" was coming back on after decades of being off the air, millions were thrilled. The show brought a familiarity and comfort, along with a family that many could relate with.
But the reboot was short-lived. After the show's outspoken lead, Roseanne Barr, made politically incorrect comments on Twitter, the show was immediately cancelled. Not only was Barr under fire and her profession in jeopardy, but all of the cast from her show were immediately out of work.
In a candid interview, Roseanne's oldest TV daughter, Lecy Goranson, shared how the show's unforeseen cancellation really hurt the cast. "[I] feel like I was put out, and people I love were put out," she said. "I'm not walking around in a rage and I'm not bitter but that's how I feel right now."
"I hope to be in contact with Roseanne at some point, right now I feel like the emotions are still pretty high, I know all of us are in pain," Goranson continued. "I also have a lot of mixed feelings about it [and] I feel, in part, that maybe she hasn't taken accountability for what happened."
Now the show is relaunching sans Roseanne, under a new name, "The Conners." It will feature the same family, but with a recently deceased matriarch. And Barr is not happy about the way her character was killed off: an accidental overdose from opioids.
Commenting on the writer's decision on how to handle her absence, Barr said the opioid overdose "lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show."
But Goranson, 44, does not agree. "I don't know what show that she's referring to but I've never seen our show as a happy family show," she told Entertainment Online. "I think our show is funny, I think that it's real, I think that everyone who's on the show and a part of the show has a vested interest in it being grounded and for it to resonate, I just don't see it as a happy family show."
"I understand why the finality of that would give her a considerable amount of pain and for that I really have a lot of empathy for her," the actress continued.
Although the cancellation and reboot's drama is still fresh, Goranson still really cares for Barr. "Do I hope that, eventually, we can be in each others' lives? A million percent, because I love her," she shared. "I always have and I always will."
What do you think of The Conners continuing without Roseanne? And what do you think of the way they decided to kill her off? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!