ABC has not revealed how the character will be written about. "But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit". In an interview with The Sunday Times Goodman confirmed two things.
"I was surprised. I'll put it this way, I was surprised at the response." the actor said when asked about his reaction to the news of Roseanne's cancelation". In a profile published on U.K.'s Times Sunday, Goodman said his character will be "mopey and sad because his wife's dead". ABC quickly denounced the remark as racist and Roseanne was immediately canceled.
The Conners will premiere in Roseanne's previous timeslot on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Barr will not be part of the spinoff. That was done on the condition that Barr would not receive any compensation from the show.
John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, offered some insight on the fate of his onscreen wife, played by Barr.
There are many people who continue to support Roseanne and state they will not watch The Conners.
Nielsen data for the full 2017-18 TV season, out in June, showed that "Roseanne" was the No. 1 series, with a final average of 20 million viewers. The series will stars Goodman, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), and Michael Fishman (D.J.).
Roseanne Barr will pay the ultimate price for the racist comments that got her fired from the highly rated reboot of "Roseanne" in May.
However, Goodman also admitted that he had previous sent Barr an email thanking her for relinquishing her rights to the show so a spinoff could happen, but she never responded. "I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time".
After a successful revival on ABC 22 years after the conclusion of the original series in 1996, the network chose to reverse its renewal decision for a potential eleventh season after series star Roseanne Barr tweeted racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to President Barack Obama.