DailyMailTV: ‘People want Roseanne!’ ABC execs fear spin-off show “The Conners” will crash without its fired star when it debuts next week
- ABC is bracing for the debut of The Conners on October 16 to see if the Roseanne spin-off will be able to survive without its main star
- Two senior executives have told DailyMailTV that the network fears it has angered fans by firing Barr, 65, and that the new show will not be as well-received
- ‘We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her,’ one source said
- The insider revealed firing the actress was a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ by ABC President Channing Dungey and ABC-Disney head Ben Sherwood
- ‘What we’ve discovered is that people want Roseanne – they don’t want the family by themselves,’ another source said
- Barr was fired despite the show’s successful reboot after making what was perceived as a racist comment about Valerie Jarrett in May
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