Between its high ratings and its title character’s support of Donald Trump, “Roseanne” has quickly emerged as the most talked-about show of the year. Anyone tuning in to future episode in anticipation of further debate about Trump will likely be disappointed, says co-star Sara Gilbert, as his name won’t even be mentioned again this season.
“The Conners aren’t Trump supporters. Roseanne’s character is a Trump supporter — she’s the only one — and we never say his name, actually, in the show,” Gilbert said during an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” earlier this week. Like her character, Roseanne Barr is an outspoken fan of Trump — and the manner in which she expresses that support has courted controversy.
“It’s not about anyone’s position or a policy, it’s really about what happens to a family when there’s a political divide, which is something that I think the entire country can relate to and something we need to talk about,” Gilbert added. “With our show, it’s never about ‘doing an issue’ or ‘doing politics.’ It’s, How do these things affect a family unit?”
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“Roseanne” has already been renewed for a second season by ABC.