John Goodman has confirmed that the Roseanne spin-off series, The Conners, will kill off Roseanne. It was revealed earlier this summer that Barr had allowed the spin-off to happen and made it clear that she would not have anything to do with the production of the show that is based on characters she created. The Roseanne revival series was a success, earning ratings and getting rave reviews from critics. However, Barr sent out a racist tweet that swiftly got the new series canceled.
Many fans of Roseanne were wondering how The Conners show was going to deal with the sudden departure of the series' star. Death for the Roseanne Conner character was always a strong rumor, but John Goodman now says that it's true. The series will continue on from her death. When asked how that affects his Dan Conner character, Goodman said, "It's an unknown." When pressed further, he said, "I guess he'll be mopey and sad because his wife's dead."
Details for how the Roseanne Conner character will die are unknown at this time, but the Roseanne revival series did introduce a storyline where the character had been abusing prescription drugs, which could very well lead to her death. The Conners is going to have a lot to live up to upon its premiere on October 16th, carrying on without the creator and star of the series. It's definitely going to have to work hard in order to regain the trust of the fans who were left disappointed in Roseanne Barr's recent behavior.
John Goodman also talked about how all of the news affected him on a personal level after the Roseanne revival was canceled and the reasoning behind it. Goodman, along with the rest of the cast did not take the incident lightly. While Sara Gilbert and other members of the cast made statements right away, Goodman remained silent. But it hit him hard. He explains.
"I was broken-hearted, but I thought, OK, it's just show business, I'm going to let it go. But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I'm a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit."
In the end, John Goodman believes that Roseanne Barr is not a racist, despite her controversial tweet. The actor also said that he was surprised by ABC's quick decision to cancel the Roseanne revival series. The Conners was quickly announced in June, not long after Roseanne had been canceled, which was also a pretty big surprise, especially since the rumors surrounding it seemed too good to be true. In the end, it seems that everything worked out. You can read the rest of the John Goodman interview at The Sunday Times U.K.