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ABC Execs Filled With Regret Over ‘Knee-Jerk’ Firing of Roseanne, Fear Ratings Flop

ABC executives are now second-guessing the “knee-jerk” reaction to fire Roseanne Barr and fear the reboot without her is going to flop, according to a new report.

The Daily Mail spoke to “two senior executives” at ABC who both agreed perhaps Roseanne should have been suspended instead of terminated so abruptly.

“We didn’t think it through properly. 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,” one insider told the Daily Mail.

The source added, “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”

After delivering blockbuster ratings, the original “Roseanne” reboot was canceled just three months into its triumphant return after Barr posted a tweet comparing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to “Planet of the Apes.”

The comedian later claimed she didn’t even know Jarrett was black and also placed blame on Ambien for compromising her judgement.

She has adamantly denied being racist towards black people.

The network decided to move forward with “The Connors,” which premieres on October 16. Executives aren’t so sure fans are going to get on board without Roseanne.

“When we greenlit The Conners we thought that the public would tune in to see the family return but what we’ve discovered is that people want Roseanne – they don’t want the family by themselves,” one source told the Daily Mail.

No matter what the network tries to do, “Roseanne’s fans come out in force stating that they won’t watch the show,” the source added.

38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. C Edwards

    October 12, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I will not watch “The Connors” period.

  2. Norman E Caudle

    October 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Yep , They lost us!!!!

    • Anniel

      October 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Yup, the rest of the cast isn’t Roseanne, and we couldn’t care less about them without her. Do they really expect people to tune in and see what Jackie and Darlene have to contribute to the show? Not the most likeable characters, I predict total failure.

    • Theteda

      October 12, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      You’re damn right you made a mistake. The commercials about the new show make me sick to my stomach. Bring the old shoes back now. None of those people would be anything if it wasn’t for Roseanne. They can all go to hell.

      • Larry

        October 19, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        What Roseanne tweeted was correct. Only the PC clowns thinks a person can’t tell the truth anymore. Bring her back or lose your show….

    • Karen

      October 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Ditto!!

  3. Frank

    October 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve boycott ABC ever since

    • Karen

      October 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Ditto!!

    • Mary A Noriega

      November 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Don’t watch ABC or the other liberal networks..They had me brain washed for years as a Democrat.

  4. Dyanne Chestnut

    October 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    They lost us too!!!!! A huge price to pay for playing politics with a person’s life and livelyhood. Roseanne was their meal ticket, they should have been smarter instead of following the Democratic Creed!

    • Karen

      October 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Ditto!

    • Tom

      October 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      Indeed. They can play to a political base or they can play to their viewing base, but they absolutely are dead broke foolish to combine the two. Hollywood/progressives will never learn.

  5. miochigan Man

    October 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Not a big fan of Roseanne, but ABC is reaping their just rewards for playing politics.

  6. Cynthia

    October 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Lost me too. The Conners will FLOP WITHOUT ROSEANNE.

    • Gary Griffin

      October 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      They need to reinstitute her into the show somehow. Maybe she miraculously survives whatever peril she suffered which removed her and there is a surprise shock of her being “found”?

  7. Na

    October 12, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I won’t be watching, just as I am no longer watching (never started) Murphy Brown and now Madam Secretary. If the networks want to become liberal fine just keep it out of their shows. At this rate I’ll be doing a lot more reading.

    • Melynda

      October 25, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      I loved Madam Secretary – till this season. Can’t watch it any more.

  8. Jan

    October 12, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    They have the nasty witches On the view spouting hatred and garbage every day and that’s allowed? Yet they fire Roseanne!! I will never put that channel on again ever!!

  9. John

    October 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Typical liberals. Let their nonsensical talking points and the PC police dictate their actions. Typical cause and immediate gratification with NO THOUGHT ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
    Reap what you sow😂😊!!!!!

  10. kerenny1

    October 12, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Any actor that goes on Kimmel must be insane….. John Goodman should be ashamed for making fun of Roseann. The cast should have been much more supportive. The bullies on the left are such losers they are taking everyone around them down…..

  11. Judy DeConinck

    October 13, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Roseanne was the show! This family won’t be watching.

  12. Sandy Miller

    October 13, 2018 at 12:15 am

    I have no use for ABC after what they did. I no longer watch anything they put out. As a matter of fact, my TV never stops on anything they have to do with.

  13. MICHAEL A ALBACH

    October 13, 2018 at 12:19 am

    The show will die a slow death !! We don’t forget how they treated Roseann by firing her !! The show’s called “ROSEANN” not the Dinners !! It needs her for it to work !!!
    FOX should buy it and produce it with Roseann just like Last man Standing ! Which is doing great on another
    network !!!
    Yup…they blew it BIG TIME !!

  14. diane

    October 13, 2018 at 12:55 am

    your bloody right as long as Roseanne is not on the show no one is going to watch it so you better start licking someones feet real soon and get her back on asp or you stand to lose a lot of money !!!

  15. C. L. Cake

    October 13, 2018 at 1:35 am

    I sincerely hope that the rest of America will join me in avoiding the show like the plague.

  16. Viv

    October 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I’m sick to death of all the PC crap. The left have no problem with spewing their vitriol on TV shows but, if someone goes against their way of thinking, they get the axe. If this keeps up, we’ll be no better than third-world countries and countries that live under dictatorships.

  17. Dusty

    October 13, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Yep, they blew that one big time. Maybe if they got on their knees and begged her to forgive them, give her a big raise, just maybe she would accept their apology and get the show out of the toilet and on the road

  18. Julian McAllister

    October 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    ABC had their Heads so far up their ass that they could not take the time to seek out exactly what was said and what Roseanne was talking about. Act first and think later shows their stupid morons that are in charge of ABC. Maybe ABC letters stand for ALWAYS BE CRITICAL? I hope this act causes ABC to lose lots of viewers and millions or maybe even billions of dollars

  19. Darlene Tiller

    October 18, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Continue to BOYCOTT

  20. mspidge

    October 20, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I watched the first one just to satisfy my curiosity, and it sucked so won’t be watching anymore

  21. Barbara Petit

    October 20, 2018 at 4:55 am

    It will never be the same without Roseanne. Sorry, but you really made a bad decision!

  22. Jwood1952

    October 21, 2018 at 6:01 am

    ABC trying to play stupid. ABC, CBS, NBC I haven’t watched any of their programs in years. Way too biased for me in all their news and programs…..

  23. Sol romain

    October 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    No Rosan,no show its that simple! Sol

  24. Jackie Buchanan

    October 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    That was a remark that shouldn’t have been made about anyone, but in all honesty, I thought she was black, too. And I’ve seen Ambien do some peculiar things to people. I don’t see the remark as racist, I don’t think the network respected her freedom of speech, and I don’t see a show succeeding without a star.

    • Jackie Buchanan

      October 22, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      No,no,no. I meant I thought she was white.

  25. Marilyn L Tolson

    October 25, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Ditto, my most dislike is Melissa Gilbert was one of my favorite actress for years. What a waste of a person. You know Roseanne gave her that position on Roseanne and Gilbert stabbed her in the back. She’s on the talk, and they slam the President BAD all the time, no one has done anything. I don’t watch the talk as they are a bunch of “talk about other people, hate everybody and it should be taken off. I WILL NOT watch, The Connor show. Sorry to the other’s, (wish they’d take Gilbert out of it, and bring back Roseanne,

  26. Melynda Caudle

    October 25, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Will NEVER watch this show and I don’t watch ABC any more as a general rule because of what they did – what the network did was outrageous.

  27. BA

    November 9, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    TYPICAL LIBERALS – REACT WITHOUT THINKING AND INVESTIGATING FIRST…AND THIS IS AMERICA WHERE WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH…..EXCEPT HOLLYWIERD WANTS TO SAY WHAT THEY DO ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP – CHRISTIANS AND CONSERVATIVES BUT YOU CANT CRITICIZE THEM

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