Without Roseanne Barr, it would appear The Conners just doesn’t have the same magic that its parent show “Roseanne” did.
Not only did 55 percent of its original audience decide not to tune in for the premiere of The Conners, a Roseanne-less continuation of her own show, but it would also appear that at least one cast member is perfectly okay with voicing his disappointment in Roseanne’s absence.
According to The Smokeroom, John Goodman, the character who plays Roseanne’s husband “Dan,” feels that the show feels somewhat “hollow” without his former partner in crime.
“It felt great to be back, but there’s a hollow center. I miss Rosie real bad,” Goodman said according to The Smokeroom.
This echoes previous comments Goodman has said in regards to Roseanne’s absence. He expressed to Jimmy Kimmel that after Roseanne’s firing, he went through something of a depression according to E! News:
“She is missed, definitely,” he said. “After that many years, it’s like a family. And last year, it was so miraculous and so unreal that when it went away it was almost like a dream.”
While the actor said he tried to “be a big boy” and “handle” the news of the cancellation, he admitted he “crashed for a couple weeks.”
“All kinds of weird things happened,” he explained. “My wife got sick right after that [and] then I fell down the stairs.”
Even though Goodman wanted the show to continue, he didn’t know if it would happen. While he seemed grateful for the opportunity, he said it’s a little odd doing it without Barr.
“It was very weird doing the first show without her because she’s my buddy,” he told host Jimmy Kimmel. “I mean, we’d just sit there and she’d make me laugh and I’d make her laugh, which is fun because there’s always a danger of her peeing herself.”
Goodman has attested to the fact that Barr is not a racist, and never has been, and told Kimmel that Barr fell on her own sword after the outrage surrounding her comments about Valerie Jarret went viral so that her fellow co-stars could continue working.
“She gave up a lot for us to be able to do this show, and I can’t thank her enough,” he said.
It’s definitely brave of Goodman to say these things, especially in the face of the overwhelming mob that came for Barr after her comments. While many felt that firing Barr was going overboard — including myself — ABC felt the pressure was too much and ended up casting Barr out of her own show.
It would appear that the show is now suffering for it, and so are her co-stars.