Roseanne Barr has opened up about feeling betrayed by former costar Sara Gilbert, who played her daughter on her cancelled sitcom Roseanne.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly on her SiriusXM show, the 70-year-old comedian unleashed on Gilbert, 48, saying she ‘stabbed’ her in the back and ‘repeatedly twisted it.’
‘It was her tweet that cancelled the show,’ Barr explained of Gilbert, referencing the 2018 cancellation of the Roseanne reboot.
ABC famously pulled the plug on the comedy after Barr shared a racist tweet about former presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett.
‘And then she tweeted “It’s sad when one cast member…” — something about racist, blah, blah. And I was floored. I was just floored,’ she continued.
‘And you know, but she ends up owning my work and Tom Werner becomes her partner in owning my work.’
Speaking out: Roseanne Barr recently opened up about feeling betrayed by former costar Sara Gilbert, who played her daughter on her eponymous sitcom
Sara, who was an executive producer of the Roseanne revival and who had played Darlene Conner for the entirety of the series, called Barr’s tweets ‘abhorrent.’
Roseanne initially aired from 1988 to 1997 before a March 2018 revival looked at how the working class Conner family were faring during the Trump era.
Then, ABC cancelled the new iteration in May 2018, hours after the comedian posted a racist tweet about a former advisor to President Obama.
The then-65-year-old actress was widely condemned after she tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and advised Barack and Michelle Obama, looked like the ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.’
Barr initially defended herself against accusations of racism by tweeting that ‘Islam is not a race.’
But she later tweeted to Jarrett that she was sorry ‘for making a bad joke’ about her politics and her looks and said she was leaving Twitter.
‘I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste,’ she wrote.
Despite the apology, critics called on ABC to cancel her show, which became the third highest-rated US show after Sunday Night Football and This Is Us.
Jarrett responded to Roseanne’s comments during a town hall on MSNBC called ‘Everyday Racism in America’ and said ABC made the right call in cancelling the reboot.
Bad blood: ‘It was her tweet that cancelled the show,’ Barr explained of Gilbert, referencing the 2018 cancellation of the Roseanne reboot
Barr said she felt particularly let down by Gilbert, revealing that her TV daughter ‘begged me to come back saying, “I’ve got your back. This time I won’t let anyone at you. I won’t let anyone hurt you. I’m gonna protect you. I know you have mental health problems, but I’m gonna be there. I’m gonna stand in the way.”‘
But after the distasteful and offensive tweet, Barr’s character was killed off, sending what Roseanne interpreted as a chilling message.
The longtime comedienne said, ‘They just tried to kill me and I felt like they killed my character and my character.’
She added: ‘But I thought they were sending a message over the airwaves because they knew I had mental health issues.
‘I thought they wanted me to kill myself. And all my friends did too. They said, “They’re trying to push you to suicide.”‘
Following Roseanne’s cancellation a spin-off called The Conners premiered.
It’s done well for the network and was recently renewed for a sixth season.
In 2019 Barr said Gilbert ‘destroyed the show and my life with that tweet.’
How it started: Roseanne initially aired from 1988 to 1997; photo from January 1989
Original cast: Roseanne, John Goodman, Sara, Lecy Goranson, Laurie Metcalf and Michael Fishman pictured in 1989
Earlier this year during a standup set Roseanne talked about the moment she learned her television show was being cancelled.
She returned to the spotlight with a new show – a comedy special on Fox Nation, titled Roseanne Barr: Cancel This!
The veteran comic admitted she was ‘pissed’ at finding out the show was being axed, but said she decided not to ‘let the a**holes win.’
Elsewhere in the special Barr joked about at preoccupations with pronouns, gender identity, and generational divides.