Roseanne ‘seriously considering’ forgoing profits from a possible spinoff, says she’s ‘making restitution’

ABC is reportedly getting closer to the reality of a spinoff of the popular “Roseanne” sitcom, sans the show’s namesake, actress and comedian Roseann Barr.

That possibility being enhanced by reports Barr is “seriously considering” forgoing any profits from the new show, according to Page Six.

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The reboot of “Roseanne” was cancelled by ABC after an ill-advised tweet from Barr that likened Obama royalty member Valerie Jarrett to a character in the film, “Planet of the Apes.”

The comedian apologized for the tweet and said she was not aware that Jarrett was an African-American — the fair-skinned Obama lieutenant was born in Iran.

Talk of a spinoff is said to center on the character Darlene Conner, played by actress Sara Gilbert, who was quick to condemn Barr’s tweet.

Barr said to be “hunkered down” with her parents in Utah, according to a source close to the star.

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“Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation,” the source told Page Six . “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.”

In a cryptic tweet, Barr said last week she was “making restitution for the pain I have caused.”

It’s not clear if this was in reference to her potentially letting go of any rights to a spinoff show.

The initial reaction online suggests it’s not likely to make any difference whether Barr allows a spinoff to proceed, as a new show without her is not likely to go far.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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