‘The Conners’ EPs Say Sitcom Won’t Do ‘Any More of the Trump Stuff’ – Variety


When one of television’s most iconic couches returns Oct. 16, it won’t be supporting the leading lady that popularized it.

As the countdown to the Roseanne Barr-less “The Conners” premiere continues, speculation about how Barr’s character will be written off remains rampant, with producers refusing to confirm whether Barr’s own revelation that her character is killed off from an opium overdose is true. (Barr was fired and the “Roseanne” revival was canceled in May following a racist tweet from the actress and producer; she relinquished all rights to the characters in order for “The Conners” to move forward.)

“We want people to watch the show and see what happens and how we [wrote Roseanne off],” says executive producer Bruce Rasmussen. “You don’t want to be flip about how you do this. A lot of people cared about that character and it’s separate from whatever feelings they had…



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