Roseanne just isn’t the same without Roseanne.
Actor John Goodman opened up to Jimmy Kimmel last Monday night about the hard time he’s had continuing with the show’s spin-off, The Connors, after his long-time co-star and “buddy” left the show.
Goodman said that it was tough accepting Roseanne Barr’s firing, and he thanked her for “giving up a lot” to allow the show to continue.
“I mean, she is missed. Definitely,” Goodman told Kimmel.
Goodman opens up about missing Roseanne
Barr was fired from her show after making a racially charged tweet about Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett. Roseanne was canned, too, and replaced by the spin-off with Goodman in the starring role.
Goodman said that he didn’t know whether the show would continue when Barr was fired, although he hoped it would.
“After that many years it’s like a family,” he said. “And last year was so miraculous and so unreal that when it went away it was almost like a dream.”
Goodman had previously predicted Barr’s character would be killed off, so his character would be sad and depressed, but Roseanne’s disappearance affected him off-screen, too.
Goodman said that continuing without his “buddy” was difficult at first.
“I thought, ‘OK, I’ll be a big boy and handle this.’ And I just crashed for a couple of weeks,” Goodman said, making a downward spiral gesture. “All kinds of weird stuff happened. My wife got sick right after that. Then I fell down the stairs.”
Watch Goodman talk about Barr and The Conners below:
Roseanne “gave up a lot”
Goodman noted that Roseanne gave up her financial stake in the show so that the show could go on, although in a drastically changed form.
“She gave up a lot so that people could work,” Goodman said.
Asked by Kimmel how her disappearance would be explained on the show, Goodman didn’t go into details.
“Same family, minus mom,” Goodman said. “They [the network] don’t like me talking about it.”
The Daily Mail reported this week that ABC regrets firing Barr so quickly, fearing that a backlash from fans will cause the spin-off to fail without her. When Kimmel said that “of course” the show could continue just fine, Goodman said that Barr’s departure wasn’t so simple for him personally.
“It was very weird doing the first show without her because she’s my buddy,” Goodman added. “I mean, we’d just sit there and she’d make me laugh and I’d make her laugh.”
He concluded: “She gave up a lot for us to be able to do this show and I can’t thank her enough.”