“The Conners” premieres tomorrow on ABC but sources inside the network told The Daily Mail that they’re having second thoughts on firing Roseanne Barr.
Two senior executives said firing Roseanne Barr after a racist Tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, was a “knee jerk” reaction by the network and now that some time has passed, everyone is nervous the new show won’t do well without her.
“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,’ one insider said.”
“This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”
“They could’ve suspended her from the first few episodes without pay and had her return later on in the season. I mean the season finale saw Roseanne going to the hospital for knee surgery,” the source added.
“While they worked out her fate, her character could have faced serious complications and fought for her life, while simultaneously making Roseanne fight for her career with a national apology tour.”
‘The morning the racist tweet scandal blew up, Roseanne offered to publicly apologize and do the rounds of every show but Ben and Channing weren’t having any of that and wanted her gone. Why not have her front a PSA for the network on racism and cyber bullying?”
Early reviews are positive, but without the star that made “Roseanne” what it was, will audiences tune in?