How Roseanne Feels About ABC's Spinoff The Conners

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Roseanne Barr's controversial tweets that got her Roseanne revival canceled were the talk of the summer, with each new development keeping fans wondering what would happen next. ABC proposed a spinoff to ensure the rest of the cast would keep their jobs, with Barr agreeing to remove herself as an actress, producer, and creative force in its development. Now that The Conners spinoff will be premiering soon on ABC, the actress shared her feelings on the Roseanne-less sitcom. Or her non-feelings, as it were.

I'm not going to curse it or bless it. 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.

The Conners will air on ABC in October, and Roseanne Barr claims she won't condemn the show nor will she fault others for watching it. She also won't encourage anyone to tune in, either, with the comedian saying she doesn't "wish good" for enemies as much as she "wishes bad" on anyone. It's unclear specifically what enemies Barr was referring to in regards to The Conners, although the comedian had fired some reply tweets at her co-stars that indicated she was not happy they condemned her actions at the time of the controversy. Plus, everyone else involved probably fits the bill, especially if her character's fate is addressed on the show the way John Goodman said it would be.

While on the Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Podcast, Barr went on to say her mental health and depression issues wouldn't fare well if she didn't stay neutral on the matter. But later in the podcast, it was implied she still believes she should be a part of the show. Barr even went so far to say she never should have apologized in the first place for her tweets against Valerie Jarrett that some deemed racist, clarifying that she should've never apologized to "the left" in particular. Barr did say she personally still felt she needed to apologize for the misunderstanding, although maintained the stance that her motivations behind the sitcom-ending tweet were not racist.

As for how she plans on avoiding The Conners, Roseanne Barr's plan is to move to Israel and learn with some of her "favorite teachers." Her statement makes it sound as though even being in the same country as The Conners' premiere might provoke her to speak out further about the series. Or that it may affect her emotions in a negative way, which is why she's hoping to escape the show in Israel.

The Conners premieres on ABC on Tuesday, October 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at all the other shows premiering before or around that time, visit our fall premiere guide.

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