“They said: Hold please for the President of the United States of America, and that was about the most exciting thing ever,” Roseanne told George Stephanopoulos. “It was just very sweet of him to congratulate us.”
The re-launch of Roseanne after a 21-year hiatus clocked more than 18 million viewers and a 5.1 demo rating, making it the highest rated comedy launch in about four years, owing much of those ratings to viewers in middle America.
Asked what Trump told her he thinks about the show, Roseanne deflected. “We just kind of had a private conversation, but we talked about a lot of things and he just happy for me.”
“I’ve known him for many years and he has done lot of nice things for me over the years,” Roseanne added, tantalizingly. Sadly Stephanopoulos did not press for details.
“It was just a friendly conversation about work and television – and ratings…He really understands ratings and how they measure things,” Roseanne enthused, adding, “That’s kind of been an interest of mine for long time.”
She said she is “over the moon” about the ratings. “All the cast…just celebrate together and say the Connors are back and we’re all really happy.”
She agreed with Stephanopoulos’s suggestion the comedy series owns a conversation not seen anywhere else in scripted TV or in film. “The idea that people can agree to disagree is kind of missing from everything,” she said.
“Conflict resolution and agreeing to disagree are important things I like to feature and talk about,” she said. “I haven’t seen much of that. What we need to do as country is figure out what we don’t like and talk to each other an talk about how we’re going to get it changed or fixed.”
“I really hope it opens up civil conversation between people instead of just mud slinging. I really do. I think We need to be more civilized than that.”