ABC in talks about another reboot of Roseanne after star’s racist outburst on Twitter
Saturday - 02/06/2018 07:22
ANOTHER Roseanne re-boot is said to be on the cards, despite the actor’s racist outburst on Twitter and the cancellation of the runaway ratings success in response.
ROSEANNE might enjoy yet another reboot, despite the racist public outburst of the show’s star and its cancellation.
According to TMZ, the show could again rise from the dead courtesy of network ABC, who canned it this week due to Roseanne’s public meltdown.
However the reimagined show will likely centre on Sara Gilbert’s character of Darlene instead of the disgraced Roseanne Barr who will not feature.
There is talk Gilbert has been contacting cast members to gauge their interest in a new take on the show if ABC is interested in making a go of it. And rumour has it that John Goodman is “very interested” in taking on the new project.
TMZ reports that Tom Werner, who produced Roseanne through his company Carsey-Werner, is at the heart of the effort to kickstart the show around Gilbert.
ABC are said to be desperate to save the jobs of hundreds of workers on the show, which was a hit in the 1990s before its modern reincarnation, who were hit badly by the move to abruptly cancel the ratings success this week.
The 65-year-old actress Roseanne found herself in hot water over a tweet which referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the “Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet Of The Apes”.
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Gilbert labelled Barr’s offending tweet “abhorrent”. But any potential deal is complicated by Barr’s business relationship with Casey Warner, CNN said, and depending on the terms of her contract producers may have to buy out her stake in the show.
On Friday, Barr’s planned appearance on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast was cancelled, with Rogan saying she was “not doing well”.
Earlier, Barr revealed she begged ABC executives not to cancel her show after the race row.
In since deleted tweets, she said she pleaded with Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, for a reprieve.
Barr said: “I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologise & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show.
“I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, travelling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs.”
However Barr then made the situation worse and re-tweeted dozens of racist memes despite trying to apologise for her vile outburst about Jarrett by claiming “I thought she was white”.
Barr had tried to blame on the sleeping tablets Ambien. In response the pharmaceutical company issued a media release saying racism was not a known side-effect of the drug.
During her latest outburst, the 65-year-old also managed to take pot shots at some of her co-stars.
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Gilbert, who played her on-screen daughter, had tweeted: “Roseanne’s recent comments … 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.”
Barr replied simply: “Wow! unreal.”
Jarrett, who is an African-American born in Iran, had advised Barack and Michelle Obama.
She appeared to implicate President Donald Trump over Barr’s tweets, telling MSNBC that “tone does start at the top”.
She said: “We like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country, but I also think every individual citizen has a responsibility, too.
“And it’s up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it.”