Morning after ABC unveiled its Roseanne Barr-less Roseanne spinoff The Conners, cast members Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Maya Lynn Robinson exchanged carefully crafted questions and answers with Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos.

Barr – fired by ABC last spring after posting a racist tweet describing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby” – did not seem to like the episode, Stephanopoulos said, diplomatically. He read a brief excerpt from a very long statement Barr had issued after the episode aired, in which she said her character’s “opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”

Stephanopoulos did not mention Barr also had tweeted after the episode aired: “I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!”

That tweet might have been relevant, given Goranson’s response to Stephanopoulos’ question: “We really miss Roseanne and we love her very much. Her spirit is still very much with us.” 
 
Going back to the show without Barr was “strange at first,” Fishman said, adding “it definitely had a different feel but what we really have tried to do as a group is collectively lean on each other.”