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.