Roseanne Barr 'Seriously Considering' Giving Up Rights To 'Roseanne' Spinoff
The actress may forfeit financial and creative participation so that a new show can move forward.
The actress, whose racist tweets led to the revival's cancellation in late May, is reportedly "open to cutting herself out of a spinoff entirely" so that showrunners can move forward with a new series on the Conner family.
"Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation," a source told the outlet. "She’s considering giving up financial and creative participation in a spinoff so the people she loves can have jobs. Barr holding on is a stumbling block."
The spinoff would follow the life of one of the Conner family members — likely Darlene Conner, portrayed by Sara Gilbert — without the character of Roseanne.
When ABC announced Roseanne's cancellation, a spinoff was immediately considered. However, many members of its cast and crew refused to take part if Barr was involved. As long as she has any say, it seems the project will not move forward.
But it doesn't seem Barr is particularly regretful.
On May 30, she tweeted that she was "tired of being smeared-over a stupid mistake erasing 30 yrs of activism."
"Can you all help me get more followers here?" she wrote. "The more I have the more my words will have weight. I am a fighter 4 FAiRNESS in all aspects of US life. I am tired of being smeared-over a stupid mistake erasing 30 yrs of activism."
"I'm not a racist, I never was & I never will be," she wrote in a separate tweet. "One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER b taken from me."
However, on June 5, the actress said she was "making restitution." The tweet led some fans to believe she will indeed sign over her rights to a future Roseanne project.
"deplatforming-read about it" she wrote.
"I'm making restitution for the pain I have caused," she followed up.
Barr continues to retweet islamophobic content, pro-Trump rhetoric, and fake articles claiming Disney (which owns ABC) hired "convicted child molesters."