Roseanne fans won't have to wait until the premiere of The Conners to find out how Roseanne Barr's iconic TV mom passes away. The comedian has let the cat out of the bag, revealing Roseanne Conner's fate in a new interview. And it was already set up in the revival earlier this year.
Roseanne Conner was ready for knee surgery at the end of the Roseanne revival's short run. She had become addicted to pain killers, and it was a running theme in earlier episodes. Now, Barr has explained that a drug overdose will bring an end to her small screen legacy, though it will all happen off camera.
Roseanne Barr was fired from her own show after making a racist comment on Twitter. At first, the entire series was canceled, but ABC decided to bring back everyone but Barr in a spin-off titled The Conners. And from the first trailer, it looks like everything is staying the same with one exception. The Conner household will still be the setting, with Dan, Jackie and all the kids back making jokes and suffering the plight of lower middle class workers across the country.
Roseanne Barr revealed the big news on Brandon Straka's Youtube show Walk Away. The comedian had found out how she was being offed from the writers of the new incarnation of Roseanne. She says this.
"Oh ya, they killed her. They have her die of an opioid overdose."
Roseanne went onto say she was not pleased with her character's fate, calling it disrespectful to longtime fans who loved the Conner family. She then went onto say this.
"There's nothing I can do about it. It's done. It's over."
John Goodman, who stars in both Roseanne and now The Conners as grieving widower, dad and grandfather Dan Conner, was the first to drop the big bombshell that ABC was killing off one of its most legendary sitcom characters from the 80s. At the time, he didn't say how it would all go down. But now we know.
This whole series of events began in May, when Barr made headlines for Tweeting about former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Barr referred to the African-American woman as "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby." Though she apologized a number of times for the racist tweet, which she claims was taken out of context, and that she didn't know Jarrett was a woman of color, ABC still made the quick decision to cancel the Roseanne revival as it was heading into its second season. The decision to bring everyone back except for Roseanne in The Conners was made not that much later. The Conners premieres October 16, 2018.
Fox News reached out to ABC for comment, but the network did not reply.