Roseanne Barr appears to be struggling with the lashings she’s received over the Tweet that caused ABC to cancel her show and send people packing for the Hollywood unemployment line. Roseanne has since been on and off Twitter, sending messages here and there, and now she’s announced that she might do something so big that her critics might actually despise her for it.
The big announcement will come later. First, let’s state that the ‘Roseanne’ show producers are trying to move on with a ‘Roseanne’ spinoff that would likely be the rest of the cast. In other words, it would be the ‘Roseanne’ show without Roseanne. If one can imagine a show named after someone, but without that person in the show, then they might see how awkward that could be. It’s like having Michael Jackson in the Thriller video, but no Michael Jackson. Imagine that. While the producers try to figure out what to do with the remaining cast, who they might owe money to since they probably have a contract for next season, they’re going to have to deal with Roseanne herself. That means they might have to pay Roseanne, even though she’s not on the show.
The announcement that Roseanne made is that she’s considering giving up the profits from this spinoff show as her way of paying restitution to the public. Many of her supporters believe that’s a terrible financial decision to make. Some people also believe that there should not ever be a ‘Roseanne’ show without Roseanne herself.
Page Six provided this coverage:
“Producers are moving toward an agreement that would allow them to go ahead with a “Roseanne” spinoff, Page Six has learned, because Roseanne Barr is “seriously considering” forgoing any profits from the new show.
It was a huge blow to the cast, crew and fans of the blockbuster revival — not to mention the network — when ABC canceled it because of creator Barr’s racist tweets.
The idea of creating a spinoff — possibly focusing on another family member — that would allow the team to carry on without Barr quickly surfaced. But many, including one of its showrunners, Whitney Cummings, balked at the idea that Barr would profit from the new version.
We’re told Barr is now open to cutting herself out of a spinoff entirely.
A source close to the disgraced comic — who says she is “hunkered down” with her parents in Utah — tells us, “Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation. She’s considering giving up financial and creative participation in a spinoff so the people she loves can have jobs. Barr holding on is a stumbling block.”
Speculation abounds about which character would be at the center of the spinoff, but insiders tell us, “The smart money is on Darlene [Conner] and her family.”
Last week, Barr tweeted, “I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused.”
A rep for Barr didn’t get back to us, and ABC declined to comment.
Barr was fired in May after tweeting a series of distasteful remarks, including one that said, of African-American Democratic operative Valerie Jarrett, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=[Jarrett].”
Cummings told TMZ, “I don’t really have words at the moment, but maybe they can salvage the legacy in some way. But if it benefits [Barr] financially … it’s a bad move.”
Will her critics hate that she’s trying to make up for it? If she makes amends with people, then how will her critics be able to continuously badger her over nonsense? They might have to move on to a new target if Roseanne finds herself in the graces of the good people again. Of course, her fans still love her, but it’s the people who weren’t watching her show anyway who constantly complain and act out.
If Roseanne gives up her profits from the show that’s based on her name and character, then there’s something else that she does that could have a negative effect. Her giving up profits could be considered giving in to the politically correct culture which has taken quite a toll on America and comedy in general. What may have been considered funny years ago is not sometimes frowned upon by the politically correct culture, most of which consists of people who slightly represent zombies in terms of their personality.
Roseanne has a very big decision to make. Many might agree that she should take all the profits she can from her show because she doesn’t owe anyone anything. A disagreement over words and jokes should not mean someone feels forced to give up the money they’ve earned. Roseanne spent a lot of time on this show, both years ago and now, and if there are any profits heading her way then she is rightfully deserving of them.
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