It appears ABC now thinks they may have acted too quickly when axing Roseanne Barr from her self-titled show.
“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,” the source continued. “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”
They Want Roseanne
Thinking back, it may have been less than 48 hours from the time Barr posted her offensive tweet about Valerie Jarrett to the time ABC canned her.
The network was doing what it thought to be the right thing by letting her go, but there is no doubt it was a “knee jerk” reaction to her tweet.
Not to justify anything Barr did or said, but we have seen far more offensiveness from liberals who merely get a slap on the wrist and everyone moves on.
For her part, Barr willingly accepted the punishment and gave up her rights to the show so the rest of the cast could work on the new offshoot of the show, “The Connors,” which is scheduled to debut on October 16.
Based on initial feedback, though, executives are now worried they made a huge mistake.
They are coming to the brutal realization that fans of the show were watching for Roseanne, not the rest of the cast.
Simply put, they are not interested in the rest of the family, which will create a nightmare for the network when ratings are released.
ABC had options here, but they went with the most extreme.
As has happened to other stars, Barr could have been suspended for a few episodes, possibly donating her salary for those shows to some type of organization or charity supporting diversity.
Instead, they decided to kill her character off with an opioid addiction.
With no hope of reviving Roseanne, executives are now stuck with a show that looks to be a clunker.
We say this because of the reaction to marketing done for the show thus far.
It seems as though Roseanne fans come out in droves about their boycott of the show every time a trailer is released or a post is made on social media to promote the show.
Without Barr, the show seems doomed to failure.