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A sequence of & # 39; Roseanne & # 39; named & # 39; The Conners & # 39; will be aired this fall without Roseanne Barr.
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It is clear that Roseanne Barr will not be part of the "Roseanne" spin-off, but a huge secret surrounds how the series matriarch is written from the series – until now.

John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, gave a glimpse into the fate of his onscreen wife, played by Barr. In a profile released on Times-Sunday, Goodman said his character will be "mop and sad because his wife is dead."

ABC announced that the network is progressing to Barr's namesake with an unlikely by-product, "The Conners." The show was abruptly canceled after her racist tweet to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett in May.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey described the tweet as "abominable, repugnant and incompatible with our values."

Barr said her controversial tweet had been misinterpreted as a racist and Goodman agreed. "I know, for a fact, that she is not a racist," he told Times Sunday.

Laurie Metcalf, from left, Roseanne Barr and John Goodman accept the "Roseanne" panel during the Winter Press Tour of the Disney / ABC Television Critics Association in Pasadena , California, on January 8th. (Photo: Richard Shotwell, Invision / AP)

Goodman admitted that he was "broken" and "surprised" when the program was canceled before he retorted, "That's probably all I'm saying should." [19659008] "Roseanne" returned to ABC in March, two decades after finishing her first run from 1988 to 1997. The original cast, including Barr, Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert, returned.

The Nielsen data for the entire 2017-18 television season in June showed that "Roseanne" was the # 1 series with an average viewer interval of 20 million. But the nine episodes of the first resume was also her last.

Sara Gilbert, left, and John Goodman, here in & # 39; Roseanne & # 39; seen in a supporting role, "The Conners," which will not contain the central star of the original, Roseanne Barr. (Photo: Adam Rose, ABC)

In order for "The Conners" to get the green light from ABC, Barr had to sign all her rights to the show, ending her primetime career. [19659008] "I emailed her and thanked her," Goodman said. "I did not hear anything back, but she went through hell then, and she's still going through hell."

Next to the email exchange, Goodman said he has had no contact with Barr since "Roseanne". got the ax and referred to it only as a former "work friend".