As the Roseanne reboot ‘The Connors’ is set to launch this week, ABC executives are now admitting they might have made a terrible mistake in firing the iconic sitcom star and then attempting to revise the show without her even as millions of Roseanne fans say NO WAY to the new show that is absent the star who created it in the first place.
Via Zero Hedge:
ABC Regrets Firing Roseanne; “We Didn’t Think It Through Properly”
ABC executives regret their “knee-jerk” decision to fire Roseanne Barr, and now believe that the network’s spin-off series The Conners will fail under the weight of its own politically correct hubris, reports the Daily Mail, citing two anonymous execs.
“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,” said one insider, who added, “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”
The Roseanne reboot – which quickly became ABC’s #1 top-rated series in April, was quickly derailed after the network suddenly fired star Roseanne Barr after she compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to if the “Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a bay,” comments which were condemned by Dungey as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
Barr, 65, was fired before a single advertiser pulled out, just three months into the show’s return. Her co-stars immediately turned on her, publicly shunning Roseanne for her tweet.
…”In the end, the ratings are all that matter – and there are many people at Disney and ABC who are worried that firing Roseanne will see their Tuesday night ratings drop substantially. And should The Conners flop, Channing and her team will have many questions to answer.”
“The whisper across ABC is that they will not even be a quarter of what Roseanne achieved last season.”
An ABC spokesperson told the Mail denied that the network is concerned about the success of the Connors.
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