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Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC boss: The Conners is considering killing off Roseanne Barr's character
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says the writers have to think up a reason for Roseanne Conner's absence. “We obviously had to come with an answer because we have to make the episodes and the characters have to have a point of view,” she says. “We’ve discussed all different versions about what we might do with the character.”
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC's Channing Dungey on Roseanne Barr's firing over racist tweet: "In some ways, this was a last straw"
More than two months after canceling Roseanne and essentially firing Barr, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she wouldn't have done anything differently. She also says her decision "wasn't that difficult." Dungey also noted that she had been asked about Barr's Twitter account a year ago. "It's not a secret that she has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book," said Dungey. "We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken." She adds: "I think the swift, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we're proud of what we did."
- "The Conners’ have started to take a cue from Marvel and Shondaland in terms of holding everything close," says Dungey on the spinoff's secrecy
- Dungey has seen three outlines for The Conners: "What I can tell you us that thematically we will be focusing on a lot of the same themes that we were in the first nine episodes"
- Dungey on Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' exit: He was "frustrated" by the limitations of broadcast TV
- Dungey talks life without Shonda Rhimes, says ABC might add another Marvel show
- Dungey on American Idol Season 2: "We’re hoping this year to do even more of the live shows"
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Tim Allen says his Last Man Standing character is "probably pro-Trump," but the show planned for a Hillary Clinton presidency
Allen addressed his character's politics hours after Fox said that Last Man Standing wouldn't immediately reveal whether he is a Trump supporter. “This guy’s a practical guy… if it’s helping his business, I think he’s probably pro-Trump. (But) he probably doesn't defend him," Allen said at the TV press tour while promoting his sitcom's Fox revival. Allen also admitted that he and the writers were disappointed that Hillary Clinton lost. “We had a bank of stuff” already written for a Clinton presidency, he said, adding jokingly: "pantsuit stuff." Allen emphasized that Last Man Standing isn't necessarily a conservative sitcom. “We want both sides to think it’s funny," he said.
- Allen weighed in on Roseanne Barr's firing from Roseanne: "They had to do what they had to do and it’s their decision," but: "It’s a very icy time. I’ve been a comedian for 38 years and I’ve never seen it, like Lenny Bruce said at the Purple Onion, ‘We’ve gone backwards.’ There are things you can’t say. There are things you shouldn’t say. Who makes up these rules? And as a stand-up comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons. It’s unfortunate.”"
- Last Man Standing producers call Molly Ephraim's exit "unfortunate"
- A Chinese foreign exchange student character is joining Last Man Standing
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Martin Mull weighs in on Roseanne Barr's Roseanne firing, admits: "I did see things in her that were inexplicable"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Mull, who recurred on the original Roseanne, was asked about Barr's firing at the TV press tour on Thursday while promoting his new Fox comedy The Cool Kids. “They did what they had to do,” said Mull. “My own dealings with Rosie never indicated to me anyone who would write that tweet. I certainly don’t approve of the tweet. I never saw that in her. But I did see things in her that were inexplicable.”
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Charlie Sheen says he "can relate" to Roseanne Barr's "tone of absolute despair"
Source: Us Weekly
“What I hear in her voice, trying not to focus on the words but the emotion, is I hear the frustration, pain. There’s a sadness there," said Sheen, who was fired from Two and a Half Men in 2011, in an interview on Australian radio.
Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
In Part 2 of her Hannity interview, Roseanne Barr says she "wasn't in a good, mentally balanced place" before her racist tweet
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It was scary, Sean. I told ABC that I don't feel like I'm in a good mentally balanced place," she said, once again blaming Ambien. Sean Hannity aired the second part of his interview with Barr on Friday night. ALSO: Comedian Mo'Nique defends "sister in comedy" Roseanne Barr, saying she won’t “throw her away for making a mistake.”
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Roseanne Barr's Hannity interview was a "master class on how not to apologize for a massive public flameout"
Sean Hannity devoted an entire hour to the disgraced former Roseanne star. "But, despite having an hour to make her case, Barr rarely stuck with one topic for long, hopscotching through various topics and defenses," said Eric Deggans. "In one part of the interview, the comic insisted she didn't want to hurt anyone or cause anyone pain." He added: "In watching a once-great sitcom star fail to really explain the racist outburst that ruined her career, viewers have seen all they need to know." ALSO: Barr failed to apologize across every dimension, and her joke attacking Valerie Jarrett's hairstyle revealed that she wasn't sorry.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
A Frasier reboot could become a white-collar Roseanne
Kelsey Grammer and Roseanne Barr are both staunch Trump supporters who are close in age (he's about two years younger) in their 60s. So it's not hard to imagine the Frasier reboot that Grammer is said to be developing having Frasier Crane as a Trump-loving, Fox News-watching conservative, says Lili Loofbourow. "This is an unnerving idea," says Loofbourow. "Not simply because reboots are stale, but because Frasier Crane’s journey forward seems pretty predictable: that move to San Francisco, a city that makes escaping the facts of poverty and homelessness impossible no matter how much you pay, would likely have sent Frasier down a long and by now typical slide toward Fox News conservatism. (He would not have taken the Tenderloin in stride!) Plus, the new Frasier would have to be the grim story of how his son Frederick—a Millennial trapped in a society that no longer offers young generations much in the way of benefits, fair wages, or pensions—would have to move in with his Hannity-watching, Trump-supporting dad." Loofbourow says the original Frasier's set-up and tone wouldn't fit in the current climate, especially with John Mahoney's Martin Crane out of the picture. She adds: "In the ’90s, Frasier was a fairly earnest show that incidentally satirized what conservatives believed liberals to be. The joke was of course that Frasier and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) were, in practically every way that mattered, conservative. But they didn’t really know it, so part of the fun was watching their ethical aspirations clash with their bottomless self-interest. But would you really want to watch a version of this show where light and comfortable rivalries have since widened into a lacerating ideological distance?" ALSO: Here are the best Twitter proposals for a Frasier reboot.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Roseanne Barr, in her first post-firing TV interview, halfheartedly apologizes to Valerie Jarrett -- then disses her hairstyle
“I’ve apologized a lot," Barr said in an interview on Fox News' Hannity, her first TV appearance since her May 29 firing from Roseanne. "It’s been two months and I feel like I have apologized and explained and asked for forgiveness and made recompense,” she added. “I was so sad that people thought it was racist.” Barr said of the "ape" tweet targeting the former Obama advisor. "I was so sad that anyone thinks that of me, but I’m not that person…I hate everyone equally." Hannity then asked Barr if she wanted to address Jarrett directly by facing the camera. "I’m so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn’t. It was political," Barr said. "I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that caused. I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. For that I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone or say anything about an entire race of people, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to.” She then followed up her apology by saying: "She's got to get a new haircut. I mean seriously. She needs a new haircut." In a live podcast taping earlier in the evening with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Barr seemed more defiant, saying: "I recognize that she thinks I wronged her." Barr added: "All my friends said, your mistake was to apologize to the left because when they see blood in the water, they’re going to come until you’re dead. And I think that’s kind of true.” ALSO: Barr said ABC "should be so lucky that they'll ever get anywhere near" the Roseanne revival's ratings.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Jay Leno thinks Roseanne Barr is "really troubled," says Sacha Baron Cohen's new show is "mean"
Source: ET Canada
“I’ve known Roseanne for 30 years,” Leno told ET Canada, which asked about her Roseanne firing over a racist tweet. “I don’t like to denigrate other comics. I mean, obviously there’s a problem there and it’s mental. I think she’s really troubled. You know, I don’t know if I feel sorry.” As for Cohen's Who Is America?, Leno says: "It just seems mean. I mean, some of those people just seem like nice people that got misled." He also clarified: "I mean, obviously he exposed some real creepy, awful people...(but) to trick them into saying (certain things), it makes some people feel empathy for them, which, to me, backfires.”
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Valerie Jarrett on Roseanne Barr's interview with Sean Hannity "I won’t be watching, and I hope you all won’t be watching either"
Jarrett joked this morning on The View that her first reaction to Barr's "ape" tweet was, "Roseanne Who?" Asked about Barr's interview Thursday on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, Jarrett said: “I think there are just so many issues that are more important. I won’t be watching, and I hope you all won’t be watching either.” ALSO: Barr joked about wanting to interview Jarrett while they're both naked.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Roseanne Barr to give her first post-firing interview to Sean Hannity live on Fox News
Barr will appear for a live interview on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on Hannity's primetime Fox News show. Barr will talk about the Valerie Jarrett "ape" tweet that got her fired from Roseanne, as well as her support of President Trump. This will mark Barr's first TV appearance and formal television interview since her abrupt firing on May 29. Hannity will only show a portion of his Roseanne interview on Thursday night. He plans to save the rest for his Friday night show. ALSO: Roseanne will also spend Thursday night taping a live podcast from a New York City club with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Roseanne Barr is "disgusted" by the groundswell of support James Gunn is receiving following his firing from Disney
"I’m disgusted to read all of the support for James Gunn’s pedophile jokes-as the same people supported blacklisting me for a joke they didn’t even understand," Barr tweeted last night.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Roseanne Barr releases another video, this time claiming ABC fired her for voting for Donald Trump
"This was my statement from the very beginning, and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth,” she said in the video posted to her YouTube channel. “When ABC called and asked me to explain my ‘egregious and unforgivable tweet,’ I told them I thought Valerie Jarrett was white. And I also said I am willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel, or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience. Now, instead what happened was about 40 minutes after that my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist... Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It’s because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood.” ALSO: Barr's claim doesn't hold up to the slightest scrutiny since ABC has always known her politics.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Roseanne Barr screams "I thought the b*tch was white" in a possible preview of her self-made talk show
Source: The Daily Beast
Roseanne reiterated her primary excuse for her Valerie Jarrett ape tweet in a video posted to her YouTube channel. “I’m trying to talk about Iran!" Roseanne said to an off-camera voice. "I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett wrote the Iran deal, that’s what my tweet was about...I thought the bitch was white! Goddamnit, I thought the b*tch was white! F*ck!” According to TMZ, Barr's YouTube rant was shot at her son Jake Pentland's Full Moon & High Tide studio, where she has been interviewing friends and family members for a possible self-produced talk show.