Why was Roseanne Barr fired

She's missing that person, of course, that vacuum is in the first episode of the sitcom, which aired in the US on Tuesday The Conners not to be overlooked. However, and this is astonishing, this absence does not become the mortgage for the plot, rather it enables the story of this American lower-class family to be told in an even funnier, even more vicious, even more relevant way. That person who is missing the most is not Roseanne Barr, the leading actress on the iconic sitcom Roseannewho was fired for making racist statements and therefore has nothing to do with this follow-up project. Whoever is missing is US President Donald Trump, and that's refreshing.

Barr is also absent, of course, but that too is more liberating than depressing. In the original version of Roseanne (1988-1997), the protagonist Roseanne was the nucleus of this family, for whom the American dream simply does not come true. The continuation last year was similar; Out of sheer desperation over the shitty life, Roseanne had no choice but to vote for Trump. However, Barr is one of the biggest Trump fans in real life with rapper Kanye West, and so it was soon more about Barr's political views than the fate of the Conner family. The series was still extremely successful, with an average of 17.85 million Americans watching, a terrific figure for the TV broadcaster ABC in times of streaming portals.

The Conners are people like there are millions of them in this country

"It was like slamming on the brakes in a fast car: all occupants fly through the windshield - and then the vehicle explodes too," describes producer Bruce Helford on May 29, when Barr posted her racist remarks on Twitter . The show was called Roseanne, and it's almost impossible to replace the protagonist in a sitcom if she even bears the actress's name. It would probably only be at His field was conceivable because without the series name and protagonist it would really have been the "show about nothing" that it always wanted to be.

"There were more than 100 jobs at stake, and of course the legacy of this show," says Helford. So he did not try to repair the broken vehicle in any way, but got another used car with similar characteristics. The producers simply turned Roseanne into The Conners (the family name), implying that it's all about all these people in the American Midwest again and not Barr - and certainly not this guy in the White House; after all, Roseanne's husband Dan (John Goodman) said at the resumption last year: "It doesn't matter who is in the White House, this family is always fucked up."

It still does, and that is exactly why it touches this family, you feel with their problems, even if the laughter gets stuck in your throat from time to time. This is due to the great actors Goodman, Laurie Metcalf (as Roseanne's sister Jackie) and Sara Gilbert (daughter Darlene) as well as Juliette Lewis in a guest role in the second episode, but also to the focus on the members of this family, on the dramatic moments within the bitter comedy and the return to renouncing social comments and political squabbles. The series has emancipated itself from its omnipresent and omnipotent former protagonist and simply tells about people like millions of them in this country.

The producers choose the easy way to remove a character from a series: They let Roseanne die - from a self-inflicted overdose of opiates after knee surgery. This is a snappy comment to which the real Roseanne Barr immediately responded. "It didn't need it," she said, and on Twitter she wrote: "I'm not dead yet, guys!" That may be true of Roseanne Barr, but the character Roseanne has died. It's missing, of course, but that's what makes the series all the more relevant.