‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2 by ABC

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Looks like the Conner family can continue to make themselves at home at ABC, as the broadcast network has renewed its highly-rated “Roseanne” spinoff series, “The Conners,” for a second season.

The cast for Season 2 includes series regulars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.

Ending on Jan 22, the 11-episode first season of the “The Conners” ranks as the No. 1 new comedy of the 2018-19 season in both total viewers, with an average of 9.5 million, and the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 2.2 rating average, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen.

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The “Roseanne” spinoff follows the Conner family — sans Roseanne, as she was fired by ABC last spring and the original revival series was canceled — as they grapple with parenthood, divorce, dating, aging and financial pressures in working-class America. “Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails,” per ABC.

“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family,” Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, said Friday. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”

Guest stars on Season 1 included Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke, among others. Additionally, some fan favorites from the original run of “Roseanne” reprised their roles for the spinoff’s freshman season, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

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“The Conners” hails from Werner Entertainment and is executive produced by Tom Werner. Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez also executive produce.

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Roseanne Barr Says Anti-Semitism ‘Played a Large Part’ in Her Firing by ABC

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Roseanne Barr accused her former employers at ABC of “anti-Semitism,” contending in a recent interview that her outspoken support of Israel played a role in her firing last year.

“I feel that what happened to me, a large part of it is anti-Semitism,” Barr told the Jerusalem Post published Friday ahead of a planned address of the Israeli parliament later this month. “I think it played a part — the fact that I was never allowed to explain what I meant — and what I meant was a commentary on Iran — so they purposely mischaracterized what I said and wouldn’t let me explain.”

She continued, “In haste they did something unprecedented that they’ve never done to any other artist. And at the base of that I think it’s because I am the most vocal person about Israel and BDS.”

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A rep for ABC had no comment.

Barr, the star and executive producer of ABC’s high-profile “Roseanne” reboot last season, was ousted by the network after she posted a tweet comparing a Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration official who is African American, to “Planet of the Apes.”

Within hours of the tweet, ABC announced that it was cutting ties with Barr despite the gangbusters ratings of “Roseanne,” calling Barr’s tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

The show was revived this past fall as a spinoff titled “The Conners,” without Barr’s involvement.

“What I said was mischaracterized purposely and repeatedly, so they didn’t even know what I meant, but they wanted to shape it and they did — they said it was something racial, when it was actually something political,” Barr said in the Jerusalem Post interview.

“And I have never in my life done anything racist, and I think my career proves that,” she said. “And they did it so quickly — to fire and label and slander my name. I think it had a lot to do with identifying with Israel.”

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Time for ‘Schooled’: How 8 Other Broadcast Spinoffs Are Doing in TV Ratings

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“The Goldbergs” celebrated the ’80s, and its spinoff “Schooled” is bringing fans into the ’90s. But how will Lainey Lewis’ (AJ Michalka) new decade do in 2019?

Spinoffs are advantageous as, by the term’s very definition, one would start with a built-in audience from a (generally) successful I.P. That doesn’t mean they can’t fall flat on their faces. “Joey,” anyone? Oh, right, literally not anyone, which is why the “Friends” follow-up series was canceled after just two seasons.

So what can “Schooled” expect when it debuts on Wednesday? TheWrap looked at how each of the eight presently airing scripted broadcast TV spinoffs are doing this season. We’ve ranked them below from highest-rated to lowest.

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“Young Sheldon,” CBS

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 2.7
14.5 million viewers

“Young Sheldon” is broadcast television’s current gold-standard spinoff — in Nielsen ratings, at least. While it doesn’t quite do “Big Bang Theory” numbers, the Jim Parsons-character’s origin story regularly hauls in audiences that would make any other sitcom on TV blush.

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“The Conners,” ABC

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 2.2
9.5 million viewers

Please don’t make us rehash how we got here. You all know the story. “The Conners” is a success for ABC, but it also isn’t exactly pulling in “Roseanne” ratings.

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“Chicago P.D.,” NBC

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 2.1
11 million viewers

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“Chicago Med,” NBC

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 2.0
11.2 million viewers

And here’s the other one. These are all good numbers, and Dick Wolf’s not done with this list just yet.

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“Law & Order: SVU,” NBC

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 1.9
7.6 million viewers

“SVU” spun off from “Law & Order” LAST MILLENIUM. “Law & Order: SVU” launched way back in 1999 off a show that debuted in 1990. Here’s how loyal “SVU” viewers are: Fellow spinoff “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” ran for 10 years and this one has already doubled that.

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“Station 19,” ABC

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 1.7
7.6 million viewers

“Station 19” isn’t quite “Grey’s Anatomy,” but that is where it came from. It’s also not quite “Chicago Fire.”

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“NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 1.5
11.4 million viewers

These aren’t “NCIS” numbers, but 11-plus million viewers is nothing to sneeze at. It just goes to show you, old people love Scott Bakula solving military crimes.

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“NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS

Current Nielsen Numbers
18-49 rating: 1.4
10.2 million viewers

See above, minus a million or so individuals. And this one has a glaring lack of Scott Bakula.

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Roseanne Barr to Address Israel’s Parliament Next Month

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Roseanne Barr will address the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) during an upcoming tour of Israel next month, the comedian announced in a press release on Monday. The trip will be sponsored by Barr’s friend and spiritual advisor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his World Values Network.

“I very much look forward to my trip as a lover of Israel and friend of Rabbi Shmuley and ambassador of the World Values Network,” Barr said. “While I intend to further my own knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history, I have important work to do as a voice against the insidious and anti-Semitic BDS movement.”

Barr’s address to Israel’s parliament will take place on Jan. 30.

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“We are in an age where Israeli innovation is ascendant and changing the world in areas of medicine, technology, media and the arts,” Barr said. “Israel is an oasis of openness, freedom, democracy and tolerance amidst a desert of brutality from an age gone by. I want to shout this from the heights of the Galilee to the halls of the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.”

Earlier this year, Barr starred in a historic reboot of her hit show “Roseanne,” with the added twist of turning her title character into a Trump supporter. The show — and Barr — were received uneasily in New York and Los Angeles, but the reboot quickly became the number one program on television.

ABC canceled the show, however, after TheWrap reported on a tweet Barr sent just after Memorial Day in which she likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarett to the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” then ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey said in a statement at the time “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing”

ABC kept the show going by killing off her character in the considerably lower rated “The Conners”

Since then, Barr has apologized multiple times and offered various explanations for her tweet including that she was joking, that she was on Ambien, and that she had been unaware Jarrett was African American.

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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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‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘Roseanne’ Are 2018’s Most-Tweeted-About TV Shows

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What do “Saturday Night Live,” “Roseanne,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Walking Dead” have in common? How much love they get on Twitter. The social media platform shared its year-in-review data with TheWrap Wednesday, revealing which TV shows were the most tweeted about in 2018.

Topping the list was the NBC sketch series, followed by the now-canceled Roseanne Barr-led comedy (which ABC quickly replaced with the Barr-less spinoff, “The Conners”) in second place, with Ellen Pompeo’s TGIT staple coming in third, and the AMC drama coming in fourth.

“SNL” jumped to 2018’s first place slot from No. 5 on the 2017 chart, which was restricted to just U.S. data. Last year’s list was ruled by “Game of Thrones,” but without airing any new episodes in 2018, the HBO series fell to No. 9 on the Top 10 this time.

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In the streaming-series-only race, Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” was head of the class, followed by the streamer’s “Stranger Things” and “Black Mirror.” The latter two didn’t launch any new episodes this year either.

See below for 2018’s full data, and under those numbers are 2017’s stats for your comparing/contrasting pleasure.

Most-Tweeted-About TV Shows 2018:

1. Saturday Night Live

2. Roseanne

3. Grey’s Anatomy

4. The Walking Dead

5. Big Brother

6. The Voice

7. Live PD

8. Supernatural

9. Game of Thrones

10. Riverdale

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Most-Tweeted-About Streaming TV Shows 2018:

1. 13 Reasons Why

2. Stranger Things

3. Black Mirror

4. Queer Eye

5. The Handmaid’s Tale

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Most-Tweeted-About TV Shows 2017 (U.S. only):

1. Game of Thrones

2. Stranger Things

3. Big Brother

4. 13 Reasons Why

5. Saturday Night Live

6. The Walking Dead

7. Grey’s Anatomy

8. The Voice

9. Supernatural

10. Pretty Little Liars

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Most-Tweeted-About Streaming TV Shows 2017 (U.S. only):

1. Stranger Things

2. 13 Reasons Why

3. Orange is the New Black

4. House of Cards

5. Sense8

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Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Drops Double Digits in Post-Midterms Return

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ABC’s “The Conners” just dropped by double-digit percentages in TV ratings from its last episode, which aired two weeks ago due to the midterm elections.

More specifically, the “Roseanne” spinoff slipped 17 percent among adults 18-49 from its Oct. 30 original, and 10 percent among overall audience members.

NBC won Tuesday in ratings thanks to its “Voice” results show and another strong performance by “This Is Us.” CBS was actually No. 1 in terms of total viewers, however.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. landed a 1.6/7 and 8.8 million viewers. “This Is Us” at 9 scored a 2.0/8 and 8.5 million viewers. At 10, “New Amsterdam” had a 1.1/5 and 6.1 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and first in viewers with 9.7 million. “NCIS” at 8 posted a 1.4/6 and 12.3 million viewers. At 9, “FBI” got a 1.1/4 and 9.1 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 received a 0.9/4 and 7.5 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 4.4 million. “The Conners” at 8 had a 1.5/6 and 6.9 million viewers. “The Kids Are Alright” at 8:30 got a 1.0/4 and 4.7 million viewers. At 9, “Black-ish” received a 1.0/4 and 4.1 million viewers. “Splitting Up Together” at 9:30 closed out the comedy block with a 0.7/3 and 2.9 million viewers. “The Rookie” at 10 finished off actual primetime with a 0.7/3 and 4 million viewers.

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Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.4 million. “The Gifted” at 8 got a 0.6/3 and 2 million viewers. At 9, “Lethal Weapon” had a 0.6/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

Univision and The CW tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, CW was sixth with 1.3 million.

For CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 1.7 million viewers. “Black Lightning” at 9 got a 0.3/1 and 938,000 viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

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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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