The cast of the spinoff series, “The Conners,” have spoken out together for the first time since the “Roseanne” controversy.
Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf sat down with People for an interview four months after ABC pulled the plug on the hit revival series “Roseanne,” following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet.
The three cast members said they have reunited in a new series because it’s the best way to honor the fictional family. Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, told the publication:
“There was the feeling of not wanting it to go away until we were ready. There was a debt owed to this fictional family. We want to finish telling this story.”
Metcalf, who plays Jackie Harris, revealed that when she first heard the idea of a spinoff, she wondered whether or not they should proceed with the sitcom. Metcalf said:
“There was a lot of risk involved.
But we all decided as a group to take the risk, knowing that we could be judged by deciding to come back.”
When Barr signed off on all creative and financial input in the new series, ABC made the decision to move forward with “The Conners” by killing off her character, Roseanne.
— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) August 31, 2018
Goodman told The Sunday Times his character may be forced to face the challenges of his loss on the new show:
“I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
Gilbert, who plays Darlene Conner, said:
“Any sadness that we feel over what we’ve lost we’re hopefully channeling in an honest way into the show.
And our show has always been able to deal with heavy topics, particularly for a sitcom. It’s been kind of built into the mix.”
“The Conners” is set to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. on ABC.