It's been a wild 24 hours for the cast of Roseanne, as the series was canceled not long after remarks tweeted by Barr were deemed racist, and condemned by heh network. The dust has not completely settled on the situation, although that's not stopping members of the cast and crew from speaking out on their social media platforms. In addition to speaking about the show's shocking cancellation, many are also and distancing themselves from Barr's comments. Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene in the series, was quick to discuss the gravity of the situation and how Barr's actions affected all her co-stars:
Gilbert added in another tweet that she found Barr's tweet abhorrent, and not an opinion she or the cast shared. Gilbert was joined on Twitter by her co-star and fictional little brother Michael Fishman who shared the same disappointment over Roseanne Barr's remarks. Fishman released a statement that included statements about inclusivity, and how the show's plotline for DJ's character that encouraged him to be a part of the revival to begin with. Fishman ultimately said that while he was disappointed in the show's cancellation, he felt it was more important to speak out against Barr than remain silent:
Roseanne Barr, who spent a large portion of last night and early morning retweeting those who felt the cancellation was unjust and responding to her critics on Twitter, directly responded to both Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman. Barr replied with what appeared to be disbelief and astonishment in regard to Gilbert's tweet, and accused Fishman of "throwing her under the bus":
Reactions weren't limited to the legacy cast of the Roseanne revival, however, as actress Emma Kenney admitted she was on her way out of the show just after seeing Barr's tweet. Kenney told Twitter she was making the call to her manager, only to learn the show had already been canceled:
Wanda Sykes was one of the first Roseanne actors to take a firm stance against Barr's remarks, as she stated she would not be returning to the series prior to the official news of the show's cancelation. Another actress from the Roseanne cast who has reacted to Barr's tweets is actress Sandra Bernhard. Bernhard expressed her disappointment on Sirius XM's Radio Andy, and wondered aloud about how it all led to this:
Behind the camera, other big players in the Roseanne revival expressed their disappointment with the series ending. Executive producer Bruce Helford spoke on behalf of the show's writers and producers in an official statement (via Deadline) that was very much in line with that of the cast:
Stars of the series with little to no internet presence like John Goodman, Estelle Parsons, and Laurie Metcalf have yet to respond. Both Becky's (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke) have also yet to respond in regards to the show's cancellation as well. Outside of the show's cast, plenty of celebrities and average joe's have taken to Twitter to share their opinion on the ongoing drama between ABC and Roseanne Barr. This includes President Donald Trump, who wondered why he never received an apology from ABC's Bob Iger like former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett:
Roseanne has been canceled, and reruns of her original series and revival are quickly being scrubbed from streaming services. Be sure to keep it with CinemaBlend as this situation continues to unfold for more updates. For a look at upcoming shows set to premiere in the next couple of months, visit our summer premiere guide.
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