Not that it should come as a surprise but the character Roseanne is being killed off in The Conners. During an interview with the Sunday Times, John Goodman confirmed how the spinoff will address the absence of the family’s matriarch.
“I guess he’ll [Dan Conner] be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” Goodman tells the publication. He also adds that he was initially “broken-hearted” when ABC canceled the sitcom.
“I know for a fact that she’s not a racist,” Goodman continues. “I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response.” The 66-year-old actor also reveals he hasn’t been in touch with his former co-star.
“[Roseanne] had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on,” he said. “I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”
In other The Conners-related news, the spinoff has officially added the grandchildren as series regulars, joining John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Lecy Goranson (Becky) and Michael Fishman (DJ). Emma Kenney (Harris) and Ames McNamara (Mark) were regulars on the Roseanne revival while Jayden Rey (Mary) was only on recurring status.
The 10-episode first season of The Conners kicks off Tuesday, October 16. Are you going to tune in? Sound off below.