Roseanne Barr To Washington Post: “I Was Suicidal” After Shunned Tweet

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Roseanne Blames Sara Gilbert for ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation: ‘She Destroyed the Show and My Life’

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In an extremely unfiltered profile by the Washington Post, Roseanne Barr talked at length about the cancellation of the 2018 revival of “Roseanne” — and in part blamed her former co-star and TV daughter Sara Gilbert for it.

Roseanne Barr Returns to Stand-Up Stage at Laugh Factory With Andrew Dice Clay

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Roseanne Barr made a surprise return to the stand-up stage at Tropicana’s Laugh Factory on the Vegas Strip Saturday during a set by her friend and fellow comedian Andrew Dice Clay.

Clay posted a video of Barr’s guest appearance on his Instagram account, along with a photo of the venue’s owner interrupting Clay’s comedy set to tell him that Barr was backstage.

“I’ve got a special treat for everybody,” the “A Star Is Born” actor told the audience. “A close friend of about 33 years. She’s a comedian, and there haven’t been many as controversial, as outspoken, and as f—ing funny…let’s hear it for Roseanne Barr!”

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Last May, Barr was being considered for the Tropicana’s Laugh Factory Present series, but lost the potential gig after ABC fired her over a racially-charged tweet she posted about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. The tweet also cost Barr her representation, as ICM Partners dropped her as a client.

Barr has a stand-up tour set for this May, close to the one-year anniversary of her firing. But the comedian has continued to make heated comments, like accusing Louis C.K.’s accusers of wanting to trade sexual favors for money.

“If you didn’t say no, just stayed there to get along, you’re a ho,” she told the Sunday Times. “Men are hos too. There’s a total ho mentality. ‘What am I going to get for trading sexual favours?’ Not that I’ve got anything against hos. Not real hos.”

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Roseanne Barr Mocks Louis CK Accusers, Says Kamala Harris ‘Slept Her Way to the Bottom’ (Video)

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In a new interview, Roseanne Barr accused Louis C.K.’s accusers of wanting to trade sexual favors for money, and said Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris “slept her way to the bottom.”

The comedian sat down with conservative commentator Candace Owens in an interview that posted on YouTube Sunday to talk politics, Hollywood, race, religion and the #MeToo movement, taking specific aim at the women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct in his hotel room.

“If you don’t run out the room, and go, ‘Excuse me, you don’t talk to me that way, you don’t do that to me, excuse me,’ and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like” — she feigned tears — “‘I thought maybe he was gonna give me a writing job,’ well you ain’t nothing but a ho.”

She added, “They’re pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.”

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Barr called the California Democratic senator “Kama Sutra Harris.” Referring to the presidential contender’s romantic relationship with ex-San Francis Mayor Willie Brown more than 20 years ago, Owen said that Harris “slept her way to the top.”

Barr interjected, “She slept her way to the bottom.”

Barr said her insight into women is different than most because she has two sons — 23 and 40 — and five grandsons. “I know a ho when I see one,” she told Owens. “I’m telling ya, they come for my boys ’cause my boys, you know, I’m their mom and they’re, you know, we have a little bit money. So I got an eagle eye for this thing.”

You can watch and listen to Barr’s complete interview below.

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Roseanne Barr Attacks #MeToo, Hollywood, Kamala Harris In Candace Owens Interview

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A new interview with defrocked TV star Roseanne Barr claims the originators of the #MeToo movement are “Hos” and had harsh words for Sen. Kamala Harris, Christine Blasey Ford and others.
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Novelist Lionel Shriver Decries ‘Cultural Erasure’ of Past Work by Hollywood Offenders

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In an essay for Harper’s Magazine, novelist Lionel Shriver is condemning the act of erasing the artistic work of those who have been shunned from Hollywood for past misdeeds.

Shriver, who is the author of “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which was adapted into a film starring Tilda Swinton, argues that in the cases of people like Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K., the entire body of their work and TV shows should not also be shelved and that the art itself should not be “tainted by association.”

“The contemporary impulse to rebuke disgraced creators by vanishing their work from the cultural marketplace exhibits a mean-spiritedness, a vengefulness even, as well as an illogic. Why, if you catch someone doing something bad, would you necessarily rub out what they’ve done that’s good,” Shriver writes. “Eliminating whole series from streaming platforms, withdrawing novels from bookstores, and canceling major gallery retrospectives constitute, for those in the creative professions, cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Barr was fired from the reboot of her ABC show last May after she tweeted racist comments about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. And C.K. lost his show, “Louie,” on FX after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Shriver, however, says that if reruns of these shows are to disappear, it should be because it was demonstrated that “Roseanne” was proven to be racist or that “Louie” is “abusive of women.” ABC’s “Roseanne” reboot lives on without Barr as “The Conners.”

Shriver further argues that the work of the many other authors and artists on these shows should not suffer “cultural erasure” on account of their primary creators’ actions.

“Most art involves multiple creators, many of whom may be blameless,” she said. “Even books require a host of ancillary staff to publish. Shelving TV shows and films penalizes all the other actors, the director, writers, crew, and cameramen. Their work is also erased.”

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Shriver makes the comparison that shows and films like “Roots,” “The Naked Gun” or “The Towering Inferno” have not been removed from the airwaves despite O.J. Simpson’s imprisonment.

And what she says is different now in the #MeToo era is not simply that these shows are taken off the air, but that brands and distributors are making the choices to do so, not the viewers, further hoping to rewrite the history of these artists.

“Erasure is also a form of rewriting history–a popular impulse of late. In this touched-up version of events, we were never taken in by these disgusting specimens. In the historical re-write, there was always something fishy about Bill Cosby; he was never America’s dad,” Shriver writes. “In the instances we’re examining here, the distributor makes that decision for us. As if we need to be protected. (Or the distributor needs to protect itself–from association with sin. Clearly the real motivation here is to appear immaculate.) In truth, we’re being punished too, along with the alleged perpetrators.”

Read Shriver’s full essay here.

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13 TV Winners and Losers of 2018: From Henry Winkler to ‘Heathers’

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As they say every year, it has been one hell of a year — and that idiom even applies to the idiot box. Take “Roseanne” for example: In 2018 alone, ABC revived its old sitcom, made it the top show on TV, canceled it, ordered a spinoff, premiered that spinoff by killing off its former star AND went on hiatus with Dan Conner (John Goodman) already having a new love interest.

Mm-hmm, it’s been a looooooong 12 months.

Read below to see who we think had the best and worst year across the television industry.

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Winner: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” came out of nowhere (OK, it was out of Amazon’s Prime Video) and has cleaned up at awards ceremonies since. In 2018, both the show and its star Rachel Brosnahan won top Golden Globe honors — both are renominated for 2019, plus Alex Borstein as supporting actress. “Maisel” also scored eight of the 12 Emmy chances it had, including trophies for the show, Brosnahan and Borstein.

So yeah, it’s been a good year.

Loser: Megyn Kelly
Never defend blackface. Never, ever, ever. Megyn Kelly learned that lesson the hard way in the lead-up to Halloween 2018.

Kelly’s NBC News morning show “Megyn Kelly Today” host was unceremoniously canceled in October after the former Fox News Channel primetime personality said she didn’t see the problem with wearing blackface on Halloween. We invite readers who don’t remember that snafu to just imagine how well it went over.

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Winner: 21st Century Fox Shareholders
Twenty-First Century Fox shareholders better be giving Comcast CEO Brian Roberts a nice gift basket or two this holiday season. After all, his attempts to out-flank Disney in their eventual acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets tacked on an additional $20 billion to the initial $54.8 billion price tag, which ended up north of $71 billion. Though Disney CEO Bob Iger probably had that much just laying in between his couch cushions.

Loser: Les Moonves
Oh, you haven’t heard? Perhaps no entertainment executive had a further fall from grace in 2018 than the (former) longtime chief of CBS. First, he was engaged in a nasty legal battle with Shari Redstone, before being the subject of a never-ending string of sexual misconduct allegations, which led to his resignation from CBS after 23 years.

Oh yeah, and on Monday he lost $120 million.

Yes, it was all bad. It was all really bad — but you definitely have heard about Moonves ad nauseam and could probably use another “Winner” right about now.

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Winner: Ryan Murphy
If we needed to crown one person 2018’s overall TV winner, the list would begin and end with Ryan Murphy: the prolific producer who inked a reported $300 million deal with Netflix last February. (Yes, that’s bigger than Shonda Rhimes’ reported $150 million in 2017.)

While Murphy’s slate of streaming originals is still to come, he’s had his hands more than full with projects at his former home studio, 20th Century Fox TV, which he officially said farewell to in July.

In 2018, Murphy launched new dramas “9-1-1” on Fox and “Pose” on FX, along with the eighth installment of “American Horror Story” (which was renewed through Season 10 this summer) and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the second chapter in his “American Crime Story” saga. “Versace” and “Pose” are both critical darlings that have kept Murphy on his toes — heading up to accept awards all season long, that is.

Oh, and he finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month. Well-deserved.

Loser: Marvel Shows on Netflix
They all gone — with the exception of “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher.” This year, Netflix axed “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage” and “Daredevil” (and to a lesser extent, “The Defenders”). Thank goodness for upcoming SVOD service Disney+.

Marvel series aren’t exactly killing it on Disney’s ABC though: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is still on the air, but it’s now a summer show. That box office thing still seems to be working out though.

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Winner: Live Sports
The year 2018 was a good one to be a sports league. The UFC signed a $1.5 billion deal with ESPN, WWE signed about a $1 billion deal to move “SmackDown Live” from USA Network to Fox broadcast channel.

The granddaddy of them all was Fox’s acquisition of “Thursday Night Football” — the network paid $3.3 billion for the privilege. So far so good, as NFL ratings are actually up this year season-to-date. That’s the exact opposite of non-live-sports viewing trends.

Loser: “The Walking Dead”
Not only did Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leave “The Walking Dead” in 2018, so did a whole bunch of viewers.

The audience for AMC’s big hit series is down like 35 percent this year, per Nielsen. Fortunately, “The Walking Dead” was once big enough to absorb such a hit — but it can’t take many more losses.

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Winner: Henry Winkler
Everyone loves Henry Winkler — it just took quite a while for the Television Academy to catch up. Winkler had been nominated for five Emmys before finally winning on his sixth chance. (Yes, those date back to his [Happy] days as “The Fonz.”)

Thank goodness for HBO’s “Barry.” Not only did it get the nicest man in Hollywood his due, it also introduced the world to NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan), who deserves all the awards.

Loser: “Heathers”
Where do we even begin? Paramount Network was set to debut its loose adaptation of the 1988 Wynona Rider-Christian Slater film in March, but the Viacom-owned cable channel delayed the series — which included scenes with guns in schools — until July following the tragic Parkland, Florida school-shooting. That re-slated premiere never happened either, and Paramount said it would shop the show instead.

Or maybe not. Because in October, Paramount Network reversed course again, saying that it would air the series after all — just not its “controversial” finale.

Or also maybe not. “Heathers” saw its episodes pulled (yes, again) after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Some things are just not meant to be.

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Winner: NBC
NBC has clinched a No. 1 finish among adults 18-49 for the fifth calendar year in a row and sixth time in seven years. The network’s current +38 percent lead over its closest competitor is the biggest margin to this point in the year in Nielsen people-meter history. And yes, even excluding sports, NBC wins 2018 in ratings. The broadcaster is also going to win 2018 in total viewers for the first time in 16 years.

In 2018, NBC boasted the No. 1 show (“Sunday Night Football”), the No. 1 drama (“This Is Us”), the No. 1 new series (“Manifest”), the No. 1 alternative series (“America’s Got Talent”) and the No. 1 new alternative series (“Ellen’s Game of Games”).

Loser/Winner: Shows Saved After Cancellation
2018 was a banner year for TV series that got the ax at their home network and were quickly resuscitated by another platform. The most famous cases here are obviously Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was rescued by NBC just over 24 hours after cancellation, and ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” which went to Fox a year after it was axed on ABC. Then there was “Lucifer” (another Fox casualty), which was revived by Netflix, a streamer that also picked up ABC’s “Designated Survivor.”

Broadcast networks weren’t the only ones to see their leftovers reheated, with Syfy’s “The Expanse” moving to Amazon after some serious fan outcry. Honorable mention goes to NBC’s “Timeless,” which did not get a save after being canceled for the second time, but was handed a 2-hour series finale as a conciliation for its cancellation. That airs Thursday.

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Winner/Loser: “Roseanne”
“Roseanne” somewhat fits the bill for our previous bullet-point, but the fate and state of the ABC hit sitcom’s universe is certainly worthy of its own breakout. “Roseanne” returned in Spring 2018 as No. 1 entertainment show on television. By late May, the series was canceled after some erratic behavior and offensive tweets by star Roseanne Barr.

Less than one month later, every Conner not named “Roseanne” had a job again, as ABC ordered spinoff “The Conners.” That version has done well, but nowhere near “Roseanne”-well. To be fair, nothing has.

Tim Baysinger and Jennifer Maas contributed to this story.

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Roseanne Barr Debunks Heart Attack Rumors: ‘I Was the Victim of a Prank’

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Roseanne Barr debunked rumors on Saturday that she had suffered a heart attack, saying on Twitter that she was a “victim of a prank.”

“I’m fine,” the 66-year-old actress tweeted. “I’ve had no medical issues. I’m spending time at home with my family and relaxing.”

During a live segment on Periscope, radio host Lee Stranahan took a call from a listener claiming to be Barr’s assistant, who said that the comedian had suffered a heart attack and had been rushed to the hospital. Stranahan said the call had come from Barr’s phone, but that it had gone to voicemail when he called back. Barr responded on Twitter to the false rumors after receiving well wishes from fans who had heard about her alleged heart attack.

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The reboot of Barr’s hit show “Roseanne” was cancelled back in May despite holding the top spot in the ratings for its time slot after she made a racially-charged comment on Twitter about former White House aide Valerie Jarrett. ABC announced the cancellation mere hours after the tweet had been sent.

“Roseanne” was replaced by a spinoff, “The Conners,” which stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and the rest of the original show’s cast except for Barr. The series began with her character dying of an opiate overdose. In a statement on Facebook, Barr called the manner of her character’s death “lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”

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From ‘The Walking Dead’ to ‘House of Cards’: 8 TV Shows That Went on After Star Exit

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Picture going through your Netflix and finding out “Seinfeld” went on without Jerry, “Cheers” without Sam Malone or even that the ongoing “Riverdale” marched on without Archie Andrews. Could you believe it? Would you still watch?

So far in 2018, three award-winning TV shows have continued on without a main character. One was planned (Andrew Lincoln on “The Walking Dead”). The other two, not so much (Kevin Spacey’s exit on “House of Cards,” Roseanne Barr’s firing leading to the spinoff “The Conners.”) The trend continues in 2019. “Transparent” Season 5 will be sans Jeffrey Tambor, who exited after he was accused of sexual harassment (Tambor has denied the accusations).

A show’s lifeline after a major character exits is never certain. But by looking at how that quandary has been met by shows in the past, maybe a little insight can be gained about how it can be handled in the future.

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Recently with “The Walking Dead,” Lincoln’s departure as Rick Grimes offers no indication that the successful franchise will be ending. In fact, his story will continue in a series of original films on AMC. “TWD” is still currently the top-rated series on cable, but whether Lincoln’s absence will prove costly to the franchise remains to be seen.

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“House of Cards”


Kevin Spacey was fired from his role as president Frank Underwood on the Netflix drama last November, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of predatory behavior years earlier. Afterward, more than a dozen men came forward to accuse Spacey of similar behavior. Soon after it was announced that season 6 would be the show’s last, with Robin Wright taking over as the lead for one last ride.

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Reception of the final season, which released Nov. 2, has been generally favorable. Season 6 currently has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Barring a spinoff, “House of Cards” is now heading into the sunset.

“The Office”

Steve Carrell left the role of Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott behind in 2011 after the show’s seventh season, telling E! Online after his June 2010 announcement that “I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on, I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.”

“The Office” ran for two more seasons after Carrell’s exit, with “The Blacklist”‘s James Spader and even Idris Elba taking a crack at the role of regional manager.

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“Two and a Half Men”


Charlie Sheen played the antagonistic brother Charlie Harper in the CBS comedy’s first eight seasons, but was fired in early 2011 after he made comments disparaging the show and producer Chuck Lorre.

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“Two and a Half Men” would proceed without Sheen for four more seasons, replacing him with Ashton Kutcher as an internet billionaire who buys Charlie’s house. The show continued to modest ratings, according to Business Insider, but never the highs seen prior to Sheen’s departure.

“8 Simple Rules”

After John Ritter suffered a heart attack and died early on in the second season of this ABC comedy, actor/comedian David Spade and actor James Garner joined the show.

“We don’t pretend to know exactly where this will take us; we will take episodes one at a time,” ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne told the Washington Post in September 2003.

“8 Simple Rules” would be canceled after its third season.


After the hospital-set comedy switched networks from NBC to ABC after its eight season in 2009, the show was rebooted to focus on a new crop of medical school students. Only stars Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Ted McGinley remained series regulars in supporting roles, with the rest of the show’s originals switching to either recurring or guest appearances only.

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The ninth season, which featured actors Dave Franco and Kerry Bishe, would turn out to be its last.

“That 70’s Show”

Actors Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher surprised fans when they decided not to return for the show’s eighth and final season.

“I cried. It was really hard, actually. One of those times you really see this incredible team. But the two of them are making choices, and I am super proud of them and knowing they’re doing amazing stuff,” Wilmer Valderrama, who played Fez on the show, told Fox News in May 2005. Kutcher and Grace were both pursuing movie careers at the time.


When the show began on ABC in 2010, the musical drama focused on Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) vying to be the top country artist in the nation. During the show’s transition to CMT in 2016, creative differences arose between the show and star Britton, according “Nashville” showrunner Marshall Herskovitz in a Variety story in Feb. 2017.

“She loved the people on the show and it was like a family, but after four years, she felt she needed a different challenge, which is something I really understand as an artist,” Herskovitz said.

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Britton would be killed off in season 5 episode 9, with the show having its final curtain call a year later with season 6.

“Three’s Company”

Asking for equal pay as your male counterpart has become the norm in 2018, but for Suzanne Somers in 1980, asking for the same kind of money as John Ritter was asking for too much.

In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, Somers detailed how she spoke out during contract negotiations for the fifth season of “Three’s Company” in 1980. Things came to a head when Somers asked for a pay hike from $30,000 an episode to $150,000, equal to what Ritter was making at the time. The producer resisted, and soon would fire Somers “to make a point,” Somer’s husband and manager Alan Hamel said in the same story.

While the show would go last four more seasons and launch a short-lived spinoff called “Three’s a Crowd,” ratings never quite reached the highs of its earlier run.

“Spin City”

Michael J. Fox’s portrayal of deputy New York city mayor Mike Flaherty nabbed him two consecutive Golden Globes for outstanding actor in a comedy and an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series.

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But Fox left after season 4 due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. The show would run for two more seasons with Charlie Sheen taking over in the lead role.

”This big idea that the show must go on — after a while it just didn’t seem as compelling an idea,” Fox told the New York Times at the time. ”It just seemed like the right time.”

Side note: Spin City featured both Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”) and Britton (“Nashville”) as characters. And if that wasn’t enough, the co-creator of “Spin City” was “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence.

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Suzanne Somers Says ABC ‘Lost Big’ When It Fired Roseanne Barr

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Former “Three’s Company” star Suzanne Somers said in a new interview that her former network ABC “lost big” by firing Roseanne Barr from its hit sitcom revival.

“The anti-Trumps won in this case, but really I think the network lost big,” Somers told Yahoo, pointing to the steep ratings decline for the Barr-less spinoff “The Conners” this fall.

“[ABC] won’t be able to sit with that for very long, unless some miracle happens,” she said.

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Barr was ousted in May after posting a racist tweet about former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett. The network swiftly cut ties with the actress and comedian, dropping her from its hit “Roseanne” revival despite the show’s massive success.

“Roseanne is extremely unique, and she’s fearless,” said Somers. “[She] took a point of view that’s very unpopular right now, so she hit the eye of the storm… with the 50 percent of the country who is pro-Trump and 50 percent who is not.”

As noted by Yahoo, Somers was herself fired by ABC nearly 40 years ago when she asked for parity with her “Three’s Company” co-star John Ritter. During contract negotiations for the show’s fifth season, the actress asked for a raise from $30,000 per episode to match Ritter’s rate of $150,000 per episode.

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Somers was then informed that she had instead been fired from the sitcom, on which she had been a central cast member for four years. The actress said she was told at the time, “You’re out, they’re making an example out of you.”

“I was fired from the No. 1 show at the height of my success, and I couldn’t get a job in television,” she said. “I couldn’t get an interview, I was considered trouble.”

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If You Hate-Follow Dennis Miller on Twitter, You’ll Hate-Love His New Stand-Up Special

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Dennis Miller hopes you watch his new stand-up special. But if his Twitter feed is any indication, he knows a good number will do so just because of how much they hate him.

“It is odd, this function of social media that you learn that some people hate-follow you in an odd way. So some people might watch from that perspective,” Miller told TheWrap. “I can’t govern it once I’ve written it and said it. But I do know that if I put a tweet out, it seems like the first five people — you can see a couple of the comments under the tweet right away — are someone who hates your guts, like there’s a fire station and they’re right next to the pole waiting to get their boots on.”

Miller, the conservative comedian and former host of “Weekend Update,” of course gives those on the left plenty of reasons to hate his ninth special, “Fake News, Real Jokes!” His routine is a litany of right-wing talking points, from the perceived softening of the NFL to “gingerbread transgenders” at Christmas, not to mention plenty of thoughts on the Clintons and “tribe member Elizabeth Warren.”

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It’s all delivered in his classically sardonic tone of voice and wrapped in layers of intellectual wordplay and encyclopedic references. He compares wearing sleep apnea apparatus to dangling from the chandelier from “Phantom of the Opera,” and even slips in a nod to the now 31-year-old sketches from Tim Conway, “Dorf on Golf” (as someone born in the ’90s, I admittedly had to Google that one).

But any outrage or backlash that Miller might receive for his material or his tweets is, to him, just par for the course.

“I think social media is like a worldwide small town speed trap, and it’s going to catch a lot of people, because there’s a cop behind the billboard, and you go three over and they need to pave the roads, and you look in your rear window, and you know you’re about to be written up,” Miller said.

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One old friend of his in particular who Miller felt caught the brunt of this aspect of social media is Roseanne Barr, who was fired from her namesake show “Roseanne” by ABC after she was found having tweeted an offensive, racially-charged statement about former Barack Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Miller hasn’t spoken with Barr since, but he sympathizes.

“I’ve had the minor triage where I’ve been lit up for internet scrapes, but I haven’t had what Roseanne has had happen. It is such a long, strange trip, I could see why people lose heat tiles off their nose cones on re-entry,” Miller said. “Who knows what the next permutation is. Are people just done forever now?”

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Miller has recently seen his old “Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels, and the two “laugh our ass off” whenever they do meet. Though he says he no longer regularly watches “SNL,” he didn’t take the bait that Chevy Chase recently did in a Washington Post interview and slam the show.

“I’m not trying to be this or that. Chevy lit the show up, and it made me laugh. Chevy is always Chevy. He’s always just like that. That’s why I like him. He plays rough, but I do admire him,” Miller said. “All I know is Lorne has made the biggest late night hit outside of Carson in the history of television, so whatever he’s doing, he just keeps moving along.”

Miller is a sometimes guest host on Turner Classic Movies, and he likened the social media vicious cycle to the end of Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd,” in which Andy Griffith’s character is revealed to be spiteful and condescending toward his fans after he thinks his microphone is turned off, rapidly leading to his fans calling the TV station and turning on him.

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In that regard, Miller offered some advice to any aspiring comedian thinking about talking up their conservative politics on stage.

“Stay out of it. You’ve got to get a position,” Miller said. “You’ve got to get a toe hold. There are enough reasons to shut you down in Hollywood just by the nature of the being. Hollywood has always been tough. If you know that 99 percent of the people hiring are of a liberal bent and you’re going to do ill-liberal stuff in front of them, it’s a suicide rap.”

Miller recognized that as a former host of “Weekend Update,” he has a certain level of privilege and a platform that others would not. But he also acknowledged that times have changed for comics, quoting a line often attributed to Andy Warhol that someday, everyone would have his or her 15 minutes of fame.

“What I don’t think he knew and what I think we know now is that those 15 minutes of fame would have all the intended vitriol attached to it, but long term,” Miller said. “You can literally micro-encapsulate your career, something you put up is noticed, given affirmation, people who hear about it go over and don’t like and tear it down, like Norman Maine in ‘A Star Is Born,’ or whoever Bradley [Cooper] is playing now, all in one day.”

Miller’s ninth stand-up special “Fake News, Real Jokes” is available via the Comedy Dynamics Network on Nov. 6.

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‘The Conners’ Cast Says Roseanne Barr’s “Spirit Still Very Much With Us”

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Morning after ABC unveiled its Roseanne Barr-less Roseanne spinoff The Conners, cast members Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Maya Lynn Robinson exchanged carefully crafted questions and answers with Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos…

Roseanne Barr on Her ‘Conners’ Character Fate: ‘I Ain’t Dead, Bitches!’

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Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to react to the premiere of ABC’s “The Conners” on Tuesday night.

The actress, who was fired from what was the network’s “Roseanne” revival after an offensive tweet, seemed to object to the way her character was killed off the show.

“I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!” she tweeted, about an hour after the episode ended.

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An hour after that, Barr released a lengthier statement in coordination with World Values Network Founder Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that praised her former co-stars but blasted ABC for refusing to forgive her for “an inexcusable – but not unforgivable – mistake.”

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”

“This was a choice the network did not have to make. Roseanne was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society. Specifically, the show promoted the message that love and respect for one another’s personhood should transcend differences in background and ideological discord. The show brought together characters of different political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in one, unified family, a rarity in modern American entertainment. Above all else, the show celebrated a strong, matriarchal woman in a leading role, something we need more of in our country.”

“Through humor and a universally relatable main character, the show represented a weekly teaching moment for our nation. Yet it is often following an inexcusable – but not unforgivable – mistake that we can discover the most important lesson of all: Forgiveness. After repeated and heartfelt apologies, the network was unwilling to look past a regrettable mistake, thereby denying the twin American values of both repentance and forgiveness. In a hyper-partisan climate, people will sometimes make the mistake of speaking with words that do not truly reflect who they are. However, it is the power of forgiveness that defines our humanity.”

“Our society needs to heal on many levels. What better way for healing than a shared moment, once a week, where we could have all enjoyed a compelling storyline featuring a witty character – a woman – who America connected with, not in spite of her flaws, but because of them. The cancellation of Roseanne is an opportunity squandered due in equal parts to fear, hubris, and a refusal to forgive.”

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Tuesday’s premiere of “The Conners,” titled “Keep on Truckin,’” revealed that Barr’s character had died due to an opioid overdose following surgery on her knee. The episode sees the family grappling with the loss of their matriarch and coming to terms with the cause of her death.

ABC cut ties with Barr entirely back in May after a tweet comparing a former Obama aide to “Planet of the Apes,” which Barr has repeatedly insisted was not racially motivated. However, the network chose to move forward with a spin-off of “Roseanne” without her involvement.

In interviews since her axing, Barr has described the network’s move to kill her character off the show as an “insult” to her and the show’s fans.

Barr also said in an episode of “VICE News Tonight” which aired the same day of “The Conners” premiere that she’s been struggling with mental health issues and taken up smoking since she was fired.

“”I’ve got a lot of time for real life, real-life stuff,” she said. “Like, just going for a walk with my mom and having an ice cream cone. Stuff like that. Waiting in lines, I’ve really been sleeping a lot, like, probably 17 hours a day.”


— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 17, 2018

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