It has been heavily suggested, now it’s looking pretty certain that the character of Roseanne Conner is going to be killed off screen before the start of events in the upcoming “Roseanne” spin-off sitcom “The Conners” on ABC.
Roseanne Barr was fired from the revival of “Roseanne” earlier this year after she made a racist statement on Twitter, which led to the series immediately being cancelled despite being a huge ratings success for ABC. The network then greenlit the spin-off which doesn’t include Barr.
Speaking on the conservative podcast Walk Away, Barr herself indicates “The Conners” will build off a suggested subplot in the “Roseanne” revival and have her die of an opioid overdose. Barr says: “I wanted to show [addiction] in the [revival] show. But I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose. It’s so cynical and horrible. She should have died as a hero or not at all.”
The revival featured the Roseanne Conner character taking pain meds due to knee issues in the first season of the revival, but an actual acute addition wasn’t shown. ABC still hasn’t officially announced how Roseanne’s absence from “The Conners” will be explained. We’ll likely find out when the spin-off premieres October 16th.