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This fall, the Conner family will return to television with one noteworthy absence: Roseanne Barr. Since the television star's controversial tweets caused the recently-revived Roseanne to be taken off the air by ABC, Barr has continued to make countless efforts to try to explain what happened, beg the network to bring her back on TV, and then eventually get heated during recent interviews. All of her efforts came to no avail, and it was recently announced by John Goodman that Roseanne's character will reportedly be killed off in the upcoming spin-off series, The Conners. Whether or not viewers will return to the series, despite Roseanne's controversial exit, is a mystery that will be solved in the next few months. But there's on person, in particular, that won't be watching the forthcoming show: Roseanne Barr. As it was recently reported, Barr is not only leaving the show but the country, as the actress might soon be fleeing to Israel in the wake of all this media controversy. Here's what we know.
Roseanne Barr announced her travel plans during a recent appearance on Rabbi Shmuley's podcast (via CNN). When the podcast host asked the former television actress if she would be tuning in to watch The Conners, Roseanne admitted that she had no intention of checking out the show since she'd be halfway around the world. She's reportedly planning on living in Israel for the next few months while studying with her "favorite teachers." Barr considers this opportunity to be "a great joy and privilege" and she looks forward to expanding her horizons under the tutelage of these various teachers. Here's the quote Roseanne gave.
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. It's my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.
Shortly after The Conners was announced, it was revealed in a statement by ABC that Roseanne Barr would have "no financial or creative involvement" with the upcoming spin-off series. The series will be filmed separate from the actress who was once the title character, and it's unclear if the series is planning to be as political and controversial as Roseanne was returned on television. It was announced back in July that The Conners would make its series premiere on October 16th. The question remains, will the 18.2 million people who watched the season premiere of Roseanne return to watch this brand new Roseanne Barr-less series? It's hard to know, but it's evident that Barr herself has absolutely no interest in watching the revamped series in the midst of her travels this fall season.
Meanwhile, we'll continue to keep you posted on the latest developments with Roseanne Barr, the fall television line-up and more right here at CinemaBlend.