After firing Rosanne Barr from the Rosanne TV series, ABC made headlines again when they announced a reboot of the series called The Connors. Barr was the owner of the rights to the original sitcom series and says she gave those rights to ABC for free, clearing the way for the network to put her former co-stars and staff back to work.
“I thought signing off my own life’s work and asking for nothing in return, I thought that was a penance,” Rosanne said during an interview with Rabbi Schmuley Boteach.
Barr was fired from ABC after tweeting a joke about former White House staffer Valerie Jarrett that many perceived as being racist. Barr says she’s sorry that anyone felt offended by her now infamous tweet and reiterated many took it in a way that she “did not mean.”
“It’s really hard to say this, but I didn’t mean what they think I meant,” she said. “I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses, but I apologize to anyone who thought or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean.”
The interview with Boteach was the second in as many weeks where Barr discussed the tweet and her downfall. During both appearances on the well listened to podcast, Barr broke down in tears as she discussed the ordeal.
The first airing of Rosanne ended over twenty years ago with family dad Dan, played by John Goodman, dying in the final episode. The 2018 reboot of the series picked up decades in the future, with Rosanne waking up her TV husband and saying, “I thought you were dead.”
There’s no word yet on how The Connors will deal with the absence of Rosanne.