Roseanne Barr couldn’t find much support within the entertainment industry after she was fired from her own hit show, “Roseanne,” over a tweet deemed by some to be racist.
Many people applauded ABC for its controversial decision to drop the Trump-supporting star and her right-leaning sitcom — the series is now returning without Barr in the form of “The Conners.”
One fellow comedian who surprisingly showed support to Barr after the events of earlier this year was Louis C.K. He was among a handful of high-profile Hollywood creators who lost multiple gigs due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
He’s publicly admitted to much of this.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to promote his upcoming Netflix talk show, Norm MacDonald — who had worked on “Roseanne” — opened up about Barr’s firing and Louis C.K.’s outreach to her.
“Well, Louis [C.K.] and Roseanne [Barr] are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up [after her show’s reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly,” he said.
“There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that,” he added.
The phone call is surprising to learn about, since Barr had been critical of C.K. for years and told stories of his misconduct long before it was national news.
MacDonald said that while they’re very different people and very different comedians, they could relate to and understand one another.
“Who has ever gone through such a thing? All their work in their entire life [was] wiped out in a single day, a moment.”
“They both said they had a good conversation and were just giving any advice you could give to each other,” MacDonald said. “There would be no way for me to even understand that advice, because who has ever gone through such a thing? All their work in their entire life [was] wiped out in a single day, a moment.”
Norm MacDonald’s Netflix talk show, titled “Norm MacDonald Has a Show,” will debut later this month.
“The Conners” will debut October 16 on ABC.
Barr has no financial or creative involvement in the program.
Check out the trailer for “The Conners” below: