ABC has not yet revealed how Roseanne Barr will be written out of the new Roseanne spin-off The Conners, but John Goodman's latest comments seem to indicate that her character's fate might be sealed. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Goodman all but confirmed Roseanne's death in the upcoming series, saying of his character Dan Conner, "I guess he'll be mopey and sad because his wife's dead."
Without confirmation from ABC Roseanne Conner's death is just speculation at this point, but it does make the most sense. Writing a major family member off the show would be a difficult task in and of itself, but seeing as Barr will never even appear on the spin-off, any fate other than death would make her extended absence difficult to explain.
The decision to move forward with a new series sans Barr came after ABC swiftly canceled Roseanne in the wake of a racist tweet she sent about former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Goodman spoke briefly about the controversy in his interview with The Sunday Times, saying he was "surprised at the response," while also adding, "I know, I know, for a fact that she's not a racist."
Barr and the network eventually came to an agreement on The Conners, which is a spin-off of Roseanne without Barr's creative or financial involvement. "She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on," Goodman said. "I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she's still going through hell."
ABC declined to comment on Goodman's quote.
The Conners premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8/7c on ABC.