It's Official: A 'Roseanne' Spinoff Is Happening Without Roseanne Barr & Here's What She Thinks About It

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We all saw it coming: ABC has officially picked up a Roseanne spinoff with the working title The Conners. Roseanne Barr will have absolutely no involvement with the show.

The original cast, aside from Roseanne herself, will be returning as their beloved characters, including John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), and Michael Fishman (D.J.), after receiving "a tremendous amount of support from fans." The series will premiere this fall with 10 new episodes on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET. 

"We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter," the cast members said in a joint statement.

In the press release, ABC also said that "a sudden turn of events" will force the Conners to "face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before." Which, obviously, is a really nice way of saying they're going to kill off Roseanne.


The news of the spinoff series comes just three weeks after the wildly successful reboot of Roseanne was canceled. ABC scrapped it after Roseanne Barr, 65 — the star of the show — tweeted some incredibly racist words to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. She deleted the post shortly after, apologized, and blamed it on Ambien, but the damage had already been done.

The rest of the cast members, as well as fans, were incredibly disappointed in Barr's actions, especially since it left them out of work.

So, how does Roseanne herself feel about this news? 

"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from 'Roseanne,'" she told ABC News in a statement. "I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved."

Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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CHRISTINA BUFF

Christina is a writer, editor, creator, and workaholic from Maryland with an encyclopedic knowledge of How I Met Your Mother. She’d rather be at a Phish show. Catch up with her on her site Touch Infinity.

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