'The Conner Family'? Roseanne Fans and Celebs Are Calling for a Spinoff — Without Roseanne Barr
Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons shared a viral fan-made poster of Laurie Metfcalf starring in her own spinoff, Jackie, titled after her Roseanne character Jackie Harris. “You watched it for her anyway,” the fake poster read.
“Haha YES! #ilovelauriemetcalf,” Parsons captioned the mocked-up artwork about his BBT costar, who played his mother Mary Cooper.
Lena Dunham also reiterated the same sentiments in her response to Kaling. “I will do the spin off of your show starring Darlene’s cool kids,” the Girls creator tweeted.
Another fan-made poster reimagined a spinoff show, titled The Conners, which replaced Barr on the cast couch photo with an urn. “You’ll never miss her … They don’t.”
“ABC should change the name of the show from ‘Roseanne’ to ‘The Conner Family’ and kill off Roseanne Conner. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert and the others can continue without her,” wrote another Twitter user.
On Monday, Barr shared a since-deleted attack on former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, who is black, comparing her to an ape. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = VJ,” she wrote.
ABC canceled Roseanne Tuesday.
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Jarrett weighed in on the shocking language for the first time during an MSNBC town hall called “Everyday Racism in America” that aired shortly after Barr’s tweet.
In a series of confusing tweets, Barr claimed she didn’t know Jarrett is black.
“I thought she was Saudi,” she tweeted.
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But hours later, she tweeted a contradictory statement. “I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian,” she said. “Ignorant of me for sure, but… I did.”
Barr later responded to a fan speculating that Barr didn’t know Jarrett is black, claiming she indeed “didn’t know” before tweeting: “I mistakenly thought she was white.”
“Being a comedian, she writes stuff she thinks is funny, but it’s always misunderstood. She’s not intentionally hurtful,” the source said. “They all loved each other on the Roseanne set. It really was one big happy family.”