Roseanne Barr claims she's going to move to Israel once ABC's The Conners airs. Barr stated this, amongst many other things, during a recent interview on a new podcast with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Barr has appeared on his podcast several times and, on her most recent appearance, she says once the Roseanne spin-off The Conners airs, which will proceed with the rest of the cast following her character's death, it's off to Israel to study. Here's what she had to say.
"I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that's where I'm going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers. I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky I can go...and study with any rabbi that I can ask to teach me, and it's my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman."
ABC had themselves a massive hit with the Roseanne revival. However, they were quick to pull the plug on her sitcom following a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an ex-aide to Barack Obama. The network was scrambling to find a way to save the show in some form while severing ties with Barr. The result wound up being The Conners, which will see the rest of the cast return in a spin-off that Barr will have no involvement in. While the former sitcom star has voiced her distaste with the network for their decision, she wishes no ill-will on her former co-stars.
"I'm not going to curse it or bless it. I'm staying neutral. That's what I do. I'm staying neutral. I'm staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone and I don't wish good for my enemies. I don't. I can't. I just stay neutral. That's what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I'll go dark, and I don't want to go dark again. I've done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold. Ha ha."
In the wake of the controversy that followed after Roseanne Barr posted the tweet, which was quickly deleted, she apologized to Valerie Jarrett. However, the damage was done and ABC stuck to their guns. Barr stated on the podcast that she actually has some regrets about apologizing to Jarrett publically, while expressing her strong distaste for liberals.
"My friends told me at the beginning, 'Oh my god, you made a fatal mistake, and that is you apologized to the left and once you apologize they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don't exist. It's just sad. I should never have said I'm sorry in their world. In my world, I had to because I was sorry. For crying out loud, I was sorry. People were so angry and, I have to say, a little bit ill-informed about me that they would put me in the same box where they have people who call for the death of all Jews and want to enslave all black people, real racists that actually exist. They put me in this box with them, and how do they think that's going to affect me? They don't, and they're under mind control."
Even though she's planning a trip to Israel, Roseanne Barr did add that she's already working on a new sitcom saying, "I'm very excited. It's very funny." Barr had nothing more to add on that front. But she did say she's mourning since Roseanne's cancelation saying, "It was a death to me. The death of a character I created." It's expected that The Conners, which recently started filming and will debut this fall, will take a hit in the ratings department. Though, it still stands to be a huge hit for ABC. For more from Barr, you can listen to the latest episode of the Promised Land podcast.