John Goodman discusses that racist Roseanne Barr tweet and the cancellation of the pair’s hit series in a candid new interview.
The 66-year-old, who starred as Barr’s on-screen husband Dan Conner in the much-loved show, admits he was “very depressed” when ABC pulled the plug on another season. The whole thing came after Barr called Valerie Jarrett — a former adviser to Barack Obama — an “ape” on Twitter.
Despite admitting he was disappointed, Goodman tells The Times: “I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed.
“I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”
The actor adds of ABC’s reaction to the tweet in question: “I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response… And that’s probably all I should say about it.”
He also says of Barr, “I know, I know for a fact that she’s not a racist,” and admits he emailed her to thank her for agreeing to a new TV series titled “The Conners” but he didn’t hear back.
“She was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”
It’s not known how ABC are going to deal with Barr’s departure but Goodman thinks Dan is going to be “mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
Goodman’s former (and possibly deceased) TV wife shared her appreciation of his kind words, with Roseanne Barr sending a tweet thanking him for “speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network.”