John Goodman is opening up about his co-star Roseanne Barr, and the cancelation of their hit ABC show. Barr was fired and Roseanne was tabled after she fired off a series of racist tweets, including one in which she compared former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
The 66-year-old Goodman tells The Sunday Times that he was devastated when Roseanne was cancelled.
"I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,'" he recalls. "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."
He also went to bat for Barr, saying he knows "for a fact that she’s not a racist." Goodman adds that she gave up her rights so a spinoff of the show, The Conners, could proceed without her.
"She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on," he adds. "I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell."
FATE OF ROSEANNE
So what will happen to Barr’s character? ABC has remained mum, but Goodman has an idea.
He tells the Times of what he pictures his character doing in the show: "It’s an unknown. I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead."