ABC renews ‘The Conners’ after Barr blames Sara Gilbert for her firing

Susan Haas, USA TODAY
Published 10:38 p.m. ET March 21, 2019 | Updated 4:00 p.m. ET March 22, 2019


Roseanne Barr has added Sara Gilbert, her TV daughter, to the list of reasons why she says the show “Roseanne” was cancelled.

ABC renewed its “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” for a second season Friday, just hours after The Washington Post quoted Roseanne Barr saying that co-star Sara Gilbert was to blame for her 2018 firing.

The renewal of the Barr-less comedy, featuring the rest of the “Roseanne” cast, was expected after the spinoff became ABC’s top-rated comedy.

Barr caused an uproar in May 2018 when she posted what many considered a racist tweet about Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Reaction was swift, with the network dropping its highest-rated show within hours. 

But in a wide-ranging story published Thursday, Barr told The Post she blames Gilbert, who played daughter Darlene Conner on the show.


Roseanne Barr told Sean Hannity she’s sorry her Valerie Jarrett tweet came across as racist. “But I’m not going to let them tell me what I meant.”

Hours after Barr’s early-morning post, Gilbert tweeted that Barr’s comments were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.”

“She destroyed the show and my life with that tweet,” Barr said. “She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

Shortly after the show’s cancellation, Barr said in a podcast interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, ‘‘I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have.’’

That didn’t last long. Since then, however, she has variously blamed Ambien, her support for President Donald Trump, co-stars Gilbert (whom she then forgave) and Michael Fishman (who plays son D.J.), ‘antisemitism,’ ex-network ABC and former first lady Michelle Obama


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