ABC Wanted Roseanne To Commit Suicide?

Roseanne Barr stated that ABC's killing of her character meant they wanted her to commit suicide in real life.

By James Brizuela | Published


Roseanne Barr said some unsavory things on the internet right before ABC decided to ax her from her own sitcom revival. Since then, the comedian has returned to the stage and has now spoken to the LA Times about the whole ordeal. According to Roseanne, “When they killed my character off, that was a message to me, knowing that I’m mentally ill or have mental health issues, that they did want me to commit suicide.”

Granted, Roseanne stating that ABC wanted her to commit suicide is taking things a bit far, but it makes sense that she would feel that after seeing her character killed off. The original Roseanne series was a massive success and ran from 1988 to 1997. The series would also see a revival that happened in 2018, which was short-lived after Roseanne’s racist series of tweets saw her all but get canceled.

Oddly enough, the rebooted Roseanne series garnered a staggering 27 million viewers, something that the comedian also stated in the above LA Times interview. She revealed that ABC had never seen those kinds of numbers and that they can now “Kiss my a**.” Again, we understand that she is going to be angry about this situation, but she should be taking ownership of what she said online.

Roseanne Bar set Twitter on fire when she compared Valerie Jarrett to looking like someone on Planet of the Apes. This string of controversial tweets led to ABC axing the show, and Roseanne blamed what she said on taking Ambien and not being in her right mind. Still, in this increasingly self-aware society of ours, anything that paints you as racist, homophobic, or worse is going to lead to steep consequences.

Roseanne Barr did state that she believes she was made an example of, as she also mentioned Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle in the comparison of what happened to her. She stated that Chappelle was protected by Netflix, though his controversial opinions on the trans community have been attacked plenty. However, Barr believed that nobody advocated for her, leaving her to feel like ABC certainly wanted her to be gone for good.

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Although Roseanne stepped away from the limelight, despite bringing in historic numbers, the show would also go on without her. ABC retooled the sitcom and called it The Conners, which focused on the sitcom family, sans Roseanne. The comedian admitted she cannot watch the show, as it is too painful for her.

Roseanne has since been on tour, and she just wrapped up filming her new comedy special, Roseanne Barr: Cancel This! The new special will be premiering on Fox Nation on February 13th. The comedian did reveal that she has had too much fun returning to her stand-up roots and plans to film another special soon.

We are not sure what is going to happen with Roseanne, especially with the future of her career, but filming a new comedy special means things are certainly turning around for her. Granted, she may have lost everything based on the tweets she sent out, but she clearly still has plenty of fans in the world. ABC may have rightfully canceled her show, but that does not mean they want any harm to come to the comedian.