Roseanne Barr ‘livid’ over talk of Darlene spin-off

Original Roseanne castThe show must go on, and it’s reportedly leaving Roseanne Barr behind.

Roseanne actress Sara Gilbert (pictured in middle at left) may be getting her own spin-off series that would focus on her character, Darlene, which Roseanne is apparently not very happy about.

ABC made the decision to cancel its rebooted TV series Roseanne last week following a racist tweet Roseanne made in reference to former Obama aide, Valerie Jarett. In the wake of its cancellation, the show’s production team have met to discuss saving the sitcom with a spin-off.

“The network execs feel like the spin-off centered around Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene could do extremely well, and it would be a great way for them to save the jobs of those who were left stranded and jobless by Roseanne’s careless actions,” an ABC insider told Radar, in an article that described Roseanne as “livid.”

“But Roseanne thinks that the spinoff is an absolutely terrible idea and she believes that, without her, the show will fail miserably,” the insider added.

Sara Gilbert and Roseanne’s executive producers met with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey on Monday to present their spin-off idea, Variety reports. The new show will reportedly include actors John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, as well as much of the original currently unemployed staff.

A decision on whether the spin-off will be green-lighted or not could come from ABC as early as this week.

Since Barr is the creator of the character Roseanne Connor, she would have some financial stake in any sort of spin-off series, to which ABC is reportedly opposed.

Should the spin-off series be approved, production could start as early as the fall, when the new season of Roseanne was meant to premiere. Variety reports insiders have said the earliest initial episodes might be available would be late November.

Gilbert appeared on The Talk this week to defend ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne.

“The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion,” Gilbert said. “It’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.” ~Caitlyn Clancey

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  1. J • June 7, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

    Unfortunately, people will never learn to keep their racist and rude remarks to themselves!! I loved the original Roseanne series and enjoyed the reboot. Will probably watch the spinoff if it happens..Darlene was/is a great character.

  2. Lorena • June 7, 2018 @ 10:35 AM

    That is a strange turn of events. I would rather see the show focused on Dan or Jackie encompassing all of the other characters. I really didn’t think Darlene’s kids were all that interesting. I will watch a couple of time to give it a chance – but I don’t see how it’s going to work. …hope I’m wrong because I LOVED the ROSEANNE show reboot and am so sorry to hear it was cancelled.

  3. Jane • June 7, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

    If you strongly feel Roseanne did such a bad thing help her make it right as a human and an actor. Take her comments and correct them as part of a show. Take this mistake and use it as a learning tool to show the world even when we make mistakes we can be forgiven and make things right. Every person out there has some sort of racist action in their blood and most of it was taught to you growing up.learn to deal with it and not hide it.

  4. marc • June 7, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

    Explain how here comments were racist?? And that comments on the view are not??

  5. Catherine • June 7, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

    wow marc… let me guess. You are a Trump supporter too I suppose? I’m sick and tired of people like you having the obvious staring you straight in the face… and you still don’t believe it. I mean… what color is the sky in your world? Some day when I feel like taking a break from reality I will come visit you just to see. Good grief.

  6. Karen Evans • June 7, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

    Dear USA, as usual you have jumped the gun. Yes, I read Rosanne’s tweet and wondered.. who was/is vj? Could have been anyone. I have seen your daytime talk shows and listen to some of the crude messages , and not always about Rosanne. Just read that your President is now blaming Canada for the War of 1812 and the White House burning. No wonder you like to start or join a war, that has nothing to do with you, yet, you condemn others, before the paint is even dry! What ever happen to innocent until proven guilty? You hate what you don’t understand and you criticize when you have no idea who or what you are doing.
    And as I say again, each day… Thank God, I am a Canadian.

  7. CDubya • June 7, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

    Wow, lick your wounds and sulk away. No need to be ‘livid’ about your costar who did nothing wrong, getting a show. You screwed up and although you have the right to freedom of speech, that freedom, used badly, had consequences. Good on ABC for trying to revive the show without Roseanne and save some jobs that Roseanne almost ruined.

  8. Brian • June 7, 2018 @ 2:36 PM

    I suppose relative to Jane’s comment that yes we need to “learn” how to “deal with it”, and the way to do so is “learn” to face natural consequences of our unsavoury behaviour. Plus with regards to Marc writing that “here (spelling) comments” are equivalent to “The View'” racism, I really wonder what specific reference of “racism” on “The View” that Marc is quoting? I have watched the program a good number of times and haven’t seen or heard any pronouncements of racism by the hosts — rather just the opposite of racism.

  9. Brenda • June 7, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

    can someone just shut the lid on that trash can so we can stop hearing her garbage opinions on things???????

    “Livid” that her show will be going on without her. Well you shouldn’t have been a racist, Ms. Barr. For too long people like her have gotten away with being terrible just because their famous. Well enough is ENOUGH. Thank you ABC for taking out the trash.

  10. KA • June 7, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

    I just watched the Go Cubs episode of the reboot Roseanne funny ABC how it’s ok for you to make that episode and have people laughing at it ( or using laugh track which ever the case may be ) . But yet you fire Roseanne for doing the exact same thing !!!!!!!!! Shame on you ABC …

  11. maureen c • June 7, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

    I’m with you Karen Evans. Totally agree with you! and I myself am one proud Canadian!

  12. Christopher King • June 9, 2018 @ 4:49 PM

    Good for Disney and the Roseanne cast.

    Disney spent a lot of money on this to reboot this series, and the company and co-stars have every right to try and salvage what they can after their lead star torpedoed them with her BS.

  13. Pat • June 13, 2018 @ 3:50 AM

    Darlene is and always was a horrible character, completely unworthy of her own show. Snuff film, sure. But tv series? No way.

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