There’s no love lost between comic Roseanne Barr and sitcom kingpin Chuck Lorre, with the former Roseanne star accusing Lorre’s Two and a Half Men of ripping off one of her signature jokes.
TV Guide reports that Roseanne blasted Lorre (who once served as a writer on her hit sitcom Roseanne) and star Ashton Kutcher in a series of tweets over the weekend, claiming a line on Two and a Half Men was a direct lift of a punchline she’s been using for years.
On the show, Ashton’s character, billionaire Walden Schmidt, makes a joke about being 91 years old: “I’d imagine that you’re wet in the places you used to be dry, and dry in the places you used to be wet.”;
Roseanne, who uses a similar line in her standup act, but referring to menopause, came out swinging on Twitter: “If I’m unable2 sue billionaire chuck lorre4 theft, then I will force myself 2 watch his shows-& steal his jokes 2-altho NOT many R FUNNY,”; Roseanne tweeted. “I can C chuck in the room: “guys, let’s b careful when lifting jokes frm comics-don’t steal copyrighted HBO special jokes-b more discreet’.”;
She then blasted Ashton, calling him “A–hole kuchner,”; whom she accuses of “stealing my “wet where I’m supposed to be dry’ joke @JohnnyAgent mother****ing thief,”; Barr tweeted.
In a subsequent tweeet, Roseanne seemed to shift the blame to one of the show’s writers: “I forgive Ashton and Chuck! It’s prob one of their writer’s fault!”;
That detente, however, was short-lived, and she issued one last comment on the alleged joke theft: “one thing chuck lorre will never do: apologize for lifting material from me or other comics or other tv shows.”;
Roseanne has a long history of disliking Lorre; back in 2011, she wrote an open letter to then-Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen in which she quipped that “those s**t chuck lorre lines could choke a ****ing horse, and render any actor who recites them stone cold soul dead.”;