If you were looking forward to the inevitable meltdown from Roseanne Barr over the premiere of The Conners — the Roseanne spin-off ABC ordered after Barr's racist tweets lead to the cancellation of the hit revival — don't hold your breath. The actress announced on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's podcast that she is moving to Israel before The Conners premieres.
"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," she said. "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." (But what do you think her favorite teachers think of her satirical Hitler photo shoots?)
Barr's announcement comes after ABC released the first teaser trailer for the spin-off, starring the original sitcom's iconic afghan covered couch. "What's next?" the trailer asks in the iconic Roseanne font while Carly Simon's "Anticipation" plays in the background.
The anticipation and subsequent reviews of The Conners is exactly what Barr is hoping to avoid on her sabbatical, who is already predicting that critics will say the show works better without her. Still, she's not looking to critique the show herself.
"I'm not going to curse it or bless it," she said. "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."
Barr also claimed that she's already working on another sitcom script. She admitted it was a comedy but wouldn't go into specifics about the plot — or if any network is interested in putting it on the air.
The Connors premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8/7c.