Roseanne Barr on the ABC Show’s Continuation Without Her: ‘It’s Beyond Entitled’
During a recent appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, the comedian said she signed away the rights to her sitcom to save people's jobs
“It’s beyond entitled,” Roseanne Barr said in a recent interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast about “The Conners,” the reboot of her own canceled sitcom.
During the wide-ranging conversation with Rogan — which went live late Thursday night — Barr talked about the cancellation of her hit television show, the controversial tweet that got her fired, and what’s next for her career.
On “The Conners,” Barr expressed that she was “sad” to see her own creation go on without her.
The comedian said ABC was “entitled” to think it could take 30 years of an artist’s work and simply recreate what made it special in the first place.
“They think they can copy it without the artist [who created it],” she said.
Barr did admit that ABC was able to continue the story of her characters only because she signed off on it. She said the motivation behind signing away the rights to her work was that she wanted to save the 200-plus jobs the show supports. Because ABC had already greenlighted “Roseanne” for a second season before axing the series, Barr said she felt a responsibility to people who were relying on another year of work with the show.
Still, the comedian said it was a difficult decision because the series, which follows the story of the blue-collar Conner family, was extremely personal to her.
“That show is about my family, my children,” the comedian said.
“It’s a mindwarp,” she added about her show going on without her.
Before signing away the rights to her sitcom, Barr said she asked ABC for the opportunity to publicly apologize for her tweet aimed at former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. The tweet was deemed by many to be racist — though Barr said it was a bad joke meant to criticize Jarrett and Obama’s foreign-policy decisions — and Barr immediately apologized for the bad joke, but she said she wanted the opportunity to apologize on some of ABC’s talk shows.
“An apology with your network behind you really works,” she said. “They were not behind me.”
Despite seeing the mishandling of the situation by ABC, Barr said she takes the brunt of the blame for how things turned out for her and her program.
“I should have stayed off Twitter,” she said. “I did it to myself.”
Barr, 65, said she is not currently using Twitter. She sent out her last tweet on September 16.
Barr, who lives in Hawaii, said she next wants to focus on speaking to people about raising functional sons in modern America. The comedian has two grown sons and three grown daughters.
“This is needed in America,” she said, “and I’m going to step up and do it.”
Watch a trailer for “The Conners,” which premieres on October 16, below: