Roseanne Barr Reveals How Her Character Dies On The Conners
Following months of speculation, we may finally have confirmation as to how Roseanne Barr‘s character’s absence will be explained in the upcoming Roseanne spin-off, The Conners. After she was fired from the reboot in May, there was a huge mystery surrounding how they’d write her out of the series — until now. According to the comedian, her character dies of an opiod overdose.
“Oh ya, they killed her,” she said during an interview on Brandon Straka’s YouTube Show, Walk Away, over the weekend. “They have her die of an opioid overdose. I wanted to show [opioid struggle] in the show, but I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose.”
Roseanne admitted that she is not happy with the decision, however, she has come to accept her character’s fate. “It’s so cynical and horrible,” she added. “She should have died as a hero or not at all… It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over. There’s no fight left.”
Roseanne’s opioid addiction would not be a complete shock to fans since she battled a prescription pill addiction stemming from a knee injury in the last few episodes. By the end of the season, she is preparing to undergo surgery, which many thought would be the cause of her death. But, considering Roseanne isn’t coming back, we’re going to assume her supposed overdose will happen off-screen.
ABC has not confirmed whether what Barr said is true or not, but the network revealed in June that her character will die due to “a sudden turn of events,” adding that “the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”
Exactly how the show would deal with her absence has been a mystery ever since, but co-star John Goodman, who plays patriarch Dan Conner, revealed in an interview last month that his on-screen wife would be killed off in order for the new series to make sense without her involvement. “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” he told The Sunday Times.
In case you missed all the drama, ABC canceled the successful revival of Roseanne in late May after Roseanne posted an incredibly racist tweet about former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. In the weeks that followed, Roseanne and ABC came to an agreement that would allow the cast and crew to keep their jobs. However, she had to go. So, after agreeing to relinquish financial ties to the series, the network picked up The Conners with returning cast members including John, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman.
The Conners premieres on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 PM EST on ABC.
Check out the show’s first teaser below: