In an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times last week, John Goodman defended his longtime co-star Roseanne Barr, who became a subject of intense controversy earlier this year when she made what many perceived to be a racist remark on Twitter. Referring to former Obama administration staffer Valerie Jarrett as a mixture of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes,” Roseanne successfully managed to get the smash-hit reboot of her television show canceled in record time.
Simultaneously (and not unrelated to her outspoken support for President Donald Trump), Barr became the Pariah of the Year in mainstream circles.
Now that ABC is going forward with a spinoff sitcom called “The Connors,” which will not involve Barr in any way, her on-screen husband is coming to her defense.
“I was surprised,” Goodman said of the network’s decision to cancel the show. “I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. And that’s probably all I should say about it.”
Goodman said he struggled in the weeks following the cancellation.
“I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,’” he told the paper. “But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”
Goodman said that whatever people might think of the specific tweet that got Roseanne fired from the network, he could attest to the fact that she was not the dark-hearted individual her critics were making her out to be.
“I know for a fact that she’s not a racist,” he said.
Seeing as how he’s known and worked side by side with the woman for thirty years, we’d imagine he could say that with more authority than the jackals who have come out to slander her over the past couple of months. Then again, we live in an era where criticizing a black person (or a black liberal, in any case) is viewed as an act of racism, so it’s hardly a surprise that the famously un-PC Roseanne would struggle to stay in the 2018 spotlight without ruffling the left’s feathers.
Roseanne herself gave a shoutout to Goodman on Twitter after the interview was published.
“I thank John Goodman for speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network,” Barr wrote.