“Roseanne” star John Goodman looks and feels fantastic after losing more than 100 pounds in 2016. Goodman said a low-sugar diet and regular exercise have helped him maintain his weight loss for two years.
“It was basically just portion control,” Goodman told AARP magazine. “I was just shoving everything into my mouth [before].”
The 6-foot-2 Goodman, who once tipped the scales at 400 pounds, said he felt horrible when the original “Roseanne” went off the air in 1997 because he was dangerously unhealthy, morbidly obese, and an alcoholic.
“I was in pretty bad shape when I left ‘Roseanne,’” he told AARP. “I had a lot of resentment. I just didn’t care. It was a terrible character fault of mine.”
Goodman, who quit drinking and smoking in 2007, said his weight has always fluctuated dramatically because of his “alcoholic” personality, which drove him to drink and eat to excess whenever he felt unhappy.
“There was an emptiness inside me. I still have it, but I know what it is now. You recognize it and go, ‘There it is. You don’t have to fill it with another pork chop or a drink.’”
When Goodman first showed off his shocking weight loss in 2016, rumors swirled that he had undergone gastric bypass surgery. But the actor says it was simple portion control and regular walking.
“I decided to stop stuffing food into my mouth every five minutes,” Goodman told Howard Stern in 2016. “Turns out I was just eating all the time. Anytime I had my hands open or free, I shoved something in my mouth. It’s all crap.”
Goodman said he made an effort to stop overeating, eat smaller portions, and exercise on an elliptical trainer at home or by walking outside. “I did it slowly [over a year and a half],” he said. “I used to go on these diets, take three months and lose about 60 to 70 pounds, feel great, and reward myself with crapola.”
Goodman — who at 65 now looks younger than he did before — is thrilled with his weight loss and improved health. “I just wanted to change my lifestyle,” he said. “You look in the mirror every day and go, ‘I gotta deal with this schmuck?’”
That’s not the only thing John Goodman is happy about. The reboot of “Roseanne” scored record-high ratings, winning 21.9 million viewers in its debut on March 27. President Donald Trump called to congratulate Roseanne Barr, who said it was “the most exciting thing ever!”
The original “Roseanne” aired for 10 seasons and was once the No. 1 show on television. On the reboot, Barr’s TV alter ego is a Trump supporter, just like she is in real life.
Barr hopes she can facilitate a dialogue about politics that’s not so mean-spirited as it has become lately. “I really hope it opens up civil conversation between people, instead of just mudslinging,” she said.
And more good news for John Goodman and Roseanne Barr: The “Roseanne” reboot has already been renewed for another season. That was quick!