How John Goodman Really Felt About Rosanne Barr Getting Fired


John Goodman remains one of the most beloved actors of his generation. And that’s saying a lot since a lot of his career has been tied to one of the most controversial figures in Hollywood… Roseanne Barr. While Roseanne has seemingly vanished since she was ‘canceled’ by the mainstream, there’s no doubt that her legacy as an actor, comedian, and writer will be seen as utterly influential. Whether you like her as a human being or not, her stamp on situation comedies and comedy, in general, is just undeniable. And it was her show, Roseanne, that made John Goodman a household name.

So, given the fact that John and Roseanne spent so much time together, it’s natural to wonder what he really thought when she was canceled after Tweeting comments that were perceived as racist and offensive.

John Goodman’s Initial Response To Roseanne Getting Fired

While fans are enamored by John’s touching relationship with his real wife, the one with his TV wife is far more interesting. It was this relationship that millions of fans around the world tuned in to watch on the ’90s ABC sitcom and its brief 2018 revival. It’s this relationship that sparked John’s illustrious movie career and even started a movement to campaign for him to get an Oscar for one of his many iconic film roles.

It seems that no matter what Roseanne has said or done, John Goodman has found a way to please both her fans and her critics. What’s clear is that John cares about Roseanne and there was something about their working relationship and possible friendship that he will forever cherish. Now, that doesn’t mean he condones some of her outlandish opinions, her political ideology, or any of the Tweets that some deemed controversial.

At the end of May 2018, shortly after Roseanne was canceled by ABC, John broke his silence on the matter. Although, he simply said: “I would rather say nothing than to cause more trouble.”

It’s clear that John really didn’t want to make a comment on whether or not he thought Roseanne did something wrong. It certainly didn’t sound as though he condoned what she said, but he also claimed that he was ‘surprised by how the media took her comments.

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Not long after, however, he publically thanked Roseanne who allowing ABC to continue with a spin-off series, The Connors, that she wasn’t involved with. In one of her earliest apology Tweets, Roseanne claimed that she wished ABC didn’t throw John Goodman and co-stars Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert ‘under the bus’ for comments that she believes were ‘poorly worded’.

“Did you know that the show would continue?” Jimmy Kimmel asked John Goodman in October 2018 after it was announced that the other characters from Roseanne would be carried over into The Connors. “So, Roseanne essentially renounced her financial stake so that the show could keep going.”

“She gave up a lot so that people could work,” John responded. “She gave up a lot for us to be able to do [The Connors] and I can’t thank her enough.”

John went on to say that he ‘crashed’ after the Roseanne revival was canceled by ABC after her comments. He also said that it was tough to shoot the first episode of the spin-off without her because she was his ‘buddy’ and would constantly make him laugh.

Not only did John double down on the fact that he and Roseanne are friends, in an interview with The Times, but he also claimed that she wasn’t the racist that the media was making her out to be.

“I know for a fact that [Roseanne’s] not a racist,” John said, then claiming that Roseanne had not been responding to him reaching out to her after her controversy. “She was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”

During one of the rare times Roseanne has spoken publically since the incident, she claimed that she was really moved by John risking his own reputation to speak to her character.

John Is Still Feeling The Loss Of Roseanne

During a 2019 interview with Seth Meyers, John explained that he had a really tough time on The Connors without Roseanne.

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“We used to have a lot of fun on the show and I really missed her this year, ” he explained. “She’ll always be missed.”

John’s experiences with Roseanne just don’t seem to be in line with how the media has portrayed her. However, John has also been somewhat open about how challenging Roseanne was to work with over the years. Despite being her friend, there have been things he’s disagreed with. But not enough for him to throw her out the window and not consider her a ‘buddy’.

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