Roseanne Barr Rips Her Character's Demise: 'I Ain't Dead Bitches!'

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The first episode of "Roseanne" spinoff "The Conners" revealed that Roseanne's character had died of an opioid overdose.

Roseanne Barr isn't proud of the way in which her character's disappearance from the Conners' family was defined on ABC's Roseanne spinoff The Conners on Tuesday evening (Oct. 16).

"I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!" the comic and actress tweeted simply an hour after the episode completed airing. In a extra measured joint assertion along with her good friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach launched late on Tuesday, they mentioned the "opioid overdose lent an pointless grim and morbid dimension to an in any other case pleased household present."

The present revealed that Roseanne's character had died in her mattress of what the household believed to be a coronary heart assault following a knee surgical procedure. Instead, a coroner's report revealed, the character had died of an opioid overdose. The reboot of Barr's 1980s-1990s ABC hit Roseanne was canceled in May following a racist tweet from Barr about Valerie Jarrett, former White House senior advisor to Barack Obama. Spinoff The Conners was greenlighted in late June with out the fictional family's former matriarch, and with none artistic or monetary involvement from Barr.

Since her No. 1 ratings-hit reboot was canceled resulting from her Jarrett tweet, Barr has blamed the tweet on "psychological sickness" and the negative effects of Ambien. She has additionally mentioned she was fired due to a threatened advertiser boycott and as a result of she voted for President Donald Trump. In September, Barr claimed she was transferring to Israel when The Conners aired. As of Monday, she was in Los Angeles to take part in a dialog about America and forgiveness with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Her Twitter web page nonetheless reads that her location is "The Universe."

Barr and Boteach's full assertion is under. 

“While we want the perfect for the forged and manufacturing crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply devoted to their craft and have been Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we remorse that ABC selected to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was executed by means of an opioid overdose lent an pointless grim and morbid dimension to an in any other case pleased household present.

“This was a selection the community didn't need to make. Roseanne was the one present on tv that immediately addressed the deep divisions threatening the very cloth of our society. Specifically, the present promoted the message that love and respect for each other’s personhood ought to transcend variations in background and ideological discord. The present introduced collectively characters of various political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in a single, unified household, a rarity in trendy American leisure. Above all else, the present celebrated a powerful, matriarchal girl in a number one function, one thing we'd like extra of in our nation.

“Through humor and a universally relatable principal character, the present represented a weekly educating second for our nation. Yet it's usually following an inexcusable – however not unforgivable – mistake that we are able to uncover an important lesson of all: Forgiveness. After repeated and heartfelt apologies, the community was unwilling to look previous a regrettable mistake, thereby denying the dual American values of each repentance and forgiveness. In a hyper-partisan local weather, folks will generally make the error of talking with phrases that don't really mirror who they're. However, it's the energy of forgiveness that defines our humanity.

“Our society must heal on many ranges. What higher means for therapeutic than a shared second, as soon as every week, the place we might have all loved a compelling storyline that includes a witty character – a lady – who America related with, not despite her flaws, however due to them. The cancellation of Roseanne is a chance squandered due in equal components to concern, hubris, and a refusal to forgive.”  

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.