Sara Gilbert: Cancelling Roseanne the “right thing to do”

"The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way."

Sara Gilbert has spoken out following the cancellation of Roseanne in the US, telling her co-presenters on The Talk she supported ABC’s decision.

Julie Chen opened the episode by reading Gilbert’s tweets about Barr’s comments and the cancellation.

“‘Roseanne‘s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,'” Chen read out loud.

“‘This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member’,” she continued.

Gilbert told her colleagues, “In addition to my statement, I would like to say this has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and 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.”

Meanwhile The Hollywood Reporter says ABC is knee-deep in conversations with exec producers including Tom Werner for a new incarnation of the multicamera comedy.

Multiple ideas are being discussed, including one focused on Gilbert’s Darlene.


3 Responses

  1. i’m thinking this show could be successful without the title character. I was always a fan of the show & loved the new eps so it seems a shame the reboot’s ending so soon. However i was not aware of Roseanne’s recent history of saying racist stuff etc on twitter. I also thought the whole thing of her being a Trump supporter was a bit of a joke & publicity stunt as they played up to it in the show with her character & Jackie holding opposing views. Now that i know how serious she is i’m less enthusiastic about watching the show, being a Trump supporter i could live with, but the rest of it, she is just nasty & it is appropriate the show was cancelled. I actually think the network probably thought it was better to do it now rather than wait for the inevitable, that Roseanne would say even worse things.

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