Roseanne Barr tweets ‘I ain’t dead…’ after premiere of ‘The Conners’ show that killed her off
Roseanne Barr strongly (in all caps) wants people to know she’s not dead.
The former TV star tweeted “I AIN’T DEAD, [explict]” Tuesday night after the premiere of the ABC show “The Conners.”
Barr was fired from the reboot of “Roseanne” earlier this year after she posted a racist tweet about a former aide of President Obama. The network then rolled out a new show with all the characters minus her.
The Roseanne character died from an overdose of pain pills. The first show focuses on how the remaining characters, including Dan Goodman (who plays husband Dan), Laurie Metcalf (sister Jackie) and Sara Gilbert (daughter Darlene), cope with the loss of their family member.
The AP review says the show is still a good sitcom even without its main character and the first episode did a good job confronting sadness, cynicism and hopefulness in just the right amount of proportions.
Barr also released a statement with her friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, saying the character’s death through an overdose “lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”
The original “Roseanne” series ran from 1988 to 1997. The reboot lasted 9 episode this spring. “The Conners” airs on Tuesdays on ABC.
Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, [email protected] or via Twitter @frnkstar.