It's been a wild ride for fans of the Roseanne revival series and the original show. Series co-creator Roseanne Barr made some racists posts on social media (which have since been removed) and the revival series was swiftly canceled, leaving hundreds without a job, including all of Barr's long-time and new co-stars. The show has since made a comeback, though it will continue on without Barr. In a recent interview, the comedian claims that she never asked to be "paid off" for the new Roseanne spin-off, which is the opposite of what has been reported.
Last week, Roseanne Barr was a guest on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's podcast to discuss the canceling of the Roseanne revival series. Before the show was canceled, Barr was earning $250,000 an episode to bring the beloved series back. There were already hints of a rocky start with Barr's politics alienating fans and co-stars, but the show was still an instant success. After the show was canceled, it was reported that Barr asked to be paid off when talks of a Roseanne spin-off was brought up. She denies the reports and had this to say.
"I didn't ask to be paid off, I asked for nothing. I just step away for that because that is penance. I put a lot of thought into it."
This is the second time that Roseanne Barr has called into Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's podcast since the whole scandal went down. Barr will not have any input in the upcoming Roseanne spin-off, which is tentatively titled The Conners. The comedian will not make any money from the show, though it had been previously reported that she was paid off in order to let the spin-off go ahead (again, Barr denies that she asked for this}. Roseanne Barr says that she has lost everything and she regrets it. She explains.
"I've lost everything. And I regretted it before I lost everything and I said to God, I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I've done wrong. I'm willing to accept what the consequences are. And, I do. And I have."
One of the big topics in the new interview is the fact that Roseanne Barr feels bad for letting the cast down and hurting the people that she loves. In the days after her racist tweets, Barr blamed the behavior on insomnia medication Ambien. She has since claimed that she did not mean what everybody thinks that she did when the controversial tweets were posted, one of which was derogatory towards African Americans. Barr seems to be most upset about the fact that she could have hurt the feeling of her 8-year old former co-star Jayden Rey. She says.
"I was very upset about hurting things that I care about and hurting people that I care about. Specifically, the little girl who played by granddaughter. She is African American and she loved me and I loved her... I didn't mean what they think I meant."
The full podcast interview with Roseanne Barr will be released on Monday, July 2nd. In other news, the Roseanne spin-off is expected to go into production soon, since it is set to premiere this fall on ABC. The original cast as well as the new members from the revival series will all return, minus Barr, and the story is rumored to revolve around Sara Gilbert's Darlene character. Reactions to the return of the Roseanne show have been mixed, but the series could go on to be another hit. Read more about what Roseanne Barr had to say about the revival series at Deadline.