When “The Conners” premieres on ABC this Fall, Roseanne Barr will be far, far away.
“I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that’s where I’m going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers,” Barr said in a new podcast interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the latest of many such appearances with the rabbi.
“I have saved a few pennies and I’m so lucky I can go … and study with any rabbi that I can ask to teach me, and it’s my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”
“The Conners” is the continuation of Barr’s hit sitcom “Roseanne.” The show will bring back all of the original show’s characters — except for hers. Her character has reportedly been killed off in the new iteration of the series.
The new show is ABC’s response to canceling “Roseanne” and to firing Barr after a controversial tweet she sent out was deemed by many to be racist. Though Barr apologized immediately for the tweet, she was still fired from her own show.
She ended up signing over the rights to her creation so it could continue as “The Conners.” She has no financial or creative involvement in the endeavor whatsoever.
The comedian made clear she does not wish any ill will toward the program.
“I’m not going to curse it or bless it,” she said. “I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do. I’m staying neutral. I’m staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone and I don’t wish good for my enemies. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral. That’s what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again. I’ve done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold. Ha ha.”
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She predicted that many in the mainstream media would applaud her absence from the new program, but she doesn’t care. The comedian seems to be disillusioned with Hollywood these days.
“I don’t like Hollywood. I’m leaving California because I’m sure it’s going to fall into the sea soon,” she said.
Even though she’s not working on her hit sitcom — the premiere of the new season broke records — Barr is keeping herself quite busy these days.
She revealed that she recently “went to Nashville and cut a record.” She said she’s always had dreams of being a singer. “I’m singing and getting better. I’m not great, or even good, but I’m better.”
The comedian also revealed she’s working on a brand new sitcom. “I’m very excited. It’s very funny.”
Barr also elaborated on the decision by ABC to ax her show after her controversial tweet aimed at former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. She believes a public apology may have been a mistake and that there was a heavy bias toward her due to her support of President Donald Trump.
“My friends told me at the beginning, ‘Oh my God, you made a fatal mistake, and that is you apologized to the Left and once you apologize they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don’t exist,'” she said.
She continued, “I should never have said ‘I’m sorry’ in their world. In my world, I had to because I was sorry. For crying out loud, I was sorry. People were so angry and, I have to say, a little bit ill-informed about me that they would put me in the same box where they have people who call for the death of all Jews and want to enslave all black people — real racists that actually exist. They put me in this box with them, and how do they think that’s going to affect me? They don’t, and they’re under mind control.”
It’s been pointed out by many — but Barr’s firing was a ridiculous move by ABC. She made a bad joke and immediate repentance wasn’t enough to feed the vultures waiting in the wings to take down a successful and artistic Trump supporter.
“I should never have said ‘I’m sorry’ in their world. In my world, I had to because I was sorry.”
The new season of “Roseanne” was a hilarious and honest look at life in modern America. It tackled the current cultural divides brilliantly, and its evenhandedness had a lot to do with Barr’s being at the center of it.
“The Conners” will not be the same show or have the same impact. Without Barr’s involvement, it simply can’t. It’s more likely to be the type of sanitized, left-friendly program that has become so common for Hollywood to churn out these days.
To see Barr talk more about her firing, check out the video below: