Goodman recalls hearing about Roseanne Barr‘s tweeted that said former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looked like “the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby.” He was “in my kitchen and maybe my daughter or my wife told me. It just didn’t seem true. Then it got true. I was consciously trying to accept it.”
Said Gilbert: “I don’t remember too much. It was more just, ‘OK, what are we dealing with today?’ I was just kind of taking things one step at a time as they came.”
Metcalf said she heard about it on the news. I [first] thought, ‘Oh, I wonder if we still have a show.’ Because of how heavy everything became.”
She didn’t have to wonder for long. Mere hours after Barr posted her tweet, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey — who happens to be the first African-American to lead a U.S. broadcast network — pulled the plug on the Roseanne revival, depsite its record ratings. The Conners was ordered to series on June 21, three weeks after its predecessor was axed.