Roseanne Barr has revealed the fate of her eponymous television character, Roseanne Conner. The comedian appeared on a recent episode of Brandon Straka’s YouTube show and shared the news her character will die from an opioid overdose when “Roseanne” gets rebooted as “The Conners” on ABC this fall.
“Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr confirmed about her character’s fate. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.”
Barr said the decision to have Roseanne Conner die of an opioid overdose was is an insult to the fans “who loved that family in that show.” However, Barr is no longer involved in front of or behind the camera and therefore had no say in how the new show’s creators got rid of her character.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Barr said. “It’s done. It’s over.”
John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan, previously revealed the show would be handling Barr’s departure by killing off her eponymous character. When asked how his character would be different when “The Connors” starts, Goodman answered, “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
“The Conners” is the next iteration of “Roseanne” following Barr’s firing in May over a racist tweet. ABC initially made the decision to cancel the high-rated series, but the network struck a deal to bring back the show without Barr. Barr’s former cast members Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf are returning for “The Conners.”
ABC is set to debut “The Connors” this October.