Actor John Goodman revealed in an interview with the Sunday Times how the spinoff series from "Roseanne" will move on without the show's iconic star Roseanne Barr.
"He’ll be mopey and sad"
“It’s an unknown," he said of his character on the new show. "I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
The comment cemented for many the rumors that ABC would kill off the Roseanne character in order to kickstart the spinoff series, "The Connors" after her controversial departure.
"Roseanne" returned to the airwaves after two decades and garnered mammoth ratings that shocked the entertainment world. Barr returned to the working class television character that had made her a star, but this time made her into a fan of President Donald Trump.
Barr left the show after a public outcry over a tweet she sent criticizing a former Obama official. Many saw the tweet as racist, but Barr has denied the charges, saying that she didn't know her target was African-American.
Barr released her stake in the show so that her co-stars could continue on in a spinoff.
Goodman defended his former co-star in the interview. “I know," he said, "I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist."
“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on," Goodman explained.
"I sent her an email and thanked her for that," he said. "I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”
Here's Roseanne Barr's statement on the controversy: