In May, the Roseanne revival was abruptly canceled by ABC after Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist comment about a former White House adviser. Four months later, the remaining costars have banded together for a new spin-off series minus Roseanne: The Conners.
Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, and Laurie Metcalf opened up to People about the controversy. They said that, after everything that’s happened, they’re still a family.
Accepting the news of Roseanne’s tweet and the show’s cancellation was difficult at first, the stars say.
“It just didn’t seem true,” John Goodman, 66, recalled. “Then it got true. I was consciously trying to accept it.”
Meanwhile, it sounds like Sara Gilbert went into a sort of survival mindset.
“I don’t remember too much,” Sara, 43, recalled. “It was more just, ‘Okay, what are we dealing with today?’ I was just kind of taking things one step at a time as they came.”
The Conners, which will not include Roseanne, premieres on October 16 on ABC.