Roseanne Barr’s latest defender is her former co-star, John Goodman.
The “Roseanne” star said he was surprised by ABC’s decision to fire Barr following her controversial tweet aimed at former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
The tweet was deemed by many to be racist, and Barr apologized immediately for what she has since described as a bad and misinformed joke.
“I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response … and that’s probably all I should say about it,” Goodman told The (U.K.) Sunday Times.
The actor, who will next star in the Barr-less “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners,” continued, “I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,’ but I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it — more than I wanted to admit.”
The 66-year-old actor also stood up for Barr by saying she is not racist, as many leftists have tried to paint her.
“I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist,” he said.
The actor also commended his former co-star for signing away the rights to her own show so that the cast could continue working in the series without her.
“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on,” he said.
“She was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”
Goodman also revealed that he sent Barr an email since her firing, but he has not communicated with her further.
“I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell,” he said.
Barr has said in the past that she was not aware of Valerie Jarrett’s race when she tweeted about her and that she was heavily medicated on Ambien at the time. She tweeted recently that she has new doctors and is doing well.
got new Dr.’s and am doing better now. Thanks everyone! pic.twitter.com/XT57DBrzBs
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) August 26, 2018
To see Barr talk with Fox News’ Sean Hannity about her firing, check out the video below: