When ABC announced they were cancelling the Roseanne revival after Roseanne Barr let loose with some racism on Twitter, it seemed like many from the cast (like Sara Gilbert) were quick to agree that the right decision was made. Not John Goodman though, who when asked about the situation with Roseanne back in May, would only say he didn’t know anything about it and that he doesn’t read anything. It turns out John maybe wasn’t doing much reading or wasn’t too enthusiastic to talk because the show’s cancellation put him in a pretty dark spot.
John spoke to The Times UK (via E! News) about Roseanne’s exit and her tweet about Valerie Jarrett . John will appear in the Roseanne-less spin-off titled The Conners, but before that was officially a go, there was a moment when it looked like the whole show might be done. John says that in the time following the cancellation, he was “broken-hearted” by ABC’s decision, and he was pretty bummed out.
“I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go.’ 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.”
As for what will happen to Dan on The Conners without Roseanne, John isn’t sure. But he assumes Dan will “be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
He also says that he was “surprised” by ABC’s response to Roseanne’s tweet, although he didn’t want to elaborate on that further. Then he showed he might be one of the only people left on the lonely bench that holds Team Roseanne by saying: “I know for a fact that she’s not a racist.” Which was followed up by explaining what happened after Roseanne handed over the rights to the show so that The Conners could happen:
“I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”
It’s too bad John Goodman and Dan Conner are the same person. Because this is one of those times where Dan would sit John down in his garage workshop and offer up some gentle wisdom while he tightened bolts on his motorcycle. “I know you feel bad, man, but that one-way ticket to hell was self-purchased.”