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With Roseanne's big revival season on the way in the coming months, our questions about the hit sitcom's return are building up. But the only real question on fans' minds concerns the "will he or won't he" vibe happening with former star Johnny Galecki, whose steady gig at The Big Bang Theory has kept him from making a firm commitment to the sitcom that turned him into a star. It appears that a confirmation has finally been made, and Galecki will indeed appear in at least one episode when Roseanne returns. But apparently someone doesn't want this news to stay public.
Here's what I mean. One of Roseanne's newest executive producers, the stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, took to Instagram to share the exciting news with an image of Johnny Galecki's set chair, on which his name was printed in the same font as the Roseanne title card. Unfortunately, at some point after the post went up (via EW), it was then taken down and its absence went unaddressed.
Even before that, the sitcom's creator and star Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to share the awesome news. But similar to how it went with Whitney Cummings' pot, Barr's tweet was soon taken down, meaning many fans still had no idea that Johnny Galecki had finally worked everything out with his day job to allow for some kind of appearance for Roseanne's limited return. Here's what Barr's tweet stated, according to ET.
We have got our Johnny Galecki back on Roseanne this episode - what a joy to work with such a deeply empathetic actor. Very moving 4 all of us. #JOY.
So even though it looks like someone at ABC is possibly wanting the cast and crew to keep Johnny Galecki's presence a secret from the interested public, they weren't able to stop the initial announcements from making the rounds. It's unclear why the anyone would want to keep such exciting news quiet if everything is official, but perhaps continuing to build up mystique was part of the plan. Regardless of the reasons, we're pumped that we finally know we're going to get to see the entire family (almost) when Roseanne returns to viewers for the first time in 20 years.
To be fair, I don't know if anyone out there truly thought that David Healy would be completely absent from Roseanne's new season, considering Johnny Galecki was such a major part of the original cast. Plus, the new storyline's main new characters are David and Darlene's children, with their daughter (born during the original run) now having a little brother to boss around. So it would have amounted to some wishy-washy explanations to have him gone the whole time. Now we just have to find out what he's been up to all these years.