ABC announced on Thursday that they had officially picked up a spinoff of the beloved show without lead Roseanne Barr.
Shortly after ABC’s announcement that they had ordered The Conners straight to series with a 10 episode season, Barr spoke out about the turn of events. “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” the 65-year-old actress said in a statement to Us Weekly. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”
Much of the cast of “Roseanne,” including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, are set to reprise their iconic roles in the new show, currently named “The Conners” as a working title.
Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series, according to the network.
In a joint statement, the announced cast members of the spinoff said they have received a “tremendous amount of support” from fans.
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” the statement read. “We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”
Tom Werner will executive produce the show.