While Roseanne Barr has given The Conners her blessing, it seems the former Roseanne star certainly won’t be tuning into the spinoff.
Since her racist tweet that resulted in her firing and the cancellation of the Roseanne revival, Barr has been speaking out on Rabbi Scmmuley’s Boteach Podcast, and for the first time has opened up about The Conners.
“I’m not going to curse it or bless it,” Barr said of the upcoming spinoff. “I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do. I’m staying neutral. I’m staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral. That’s what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again. I’ve done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold.”
While she is staying neutral, she is getting some distance, as she also revealed she has plans to live in Israel when The Conners premieres in mid-October. “I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that’s where I’m going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers. I have saved a few pennies and I’m so lucky I can go,” she said. “It’s my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”
The 65-year-old actress also opened up about the backlash she received after apologizing to Valerie Jarrett. “My friends told me in the beginning, they said, ‘Oh my God, you’ve made a fatal mistake, and it’s all over YouTube, a lot of people are saying it,’” said Barr. “They said, ‘You made a fatal mistake… apologizing to the Left.’ Once you apologize to them they never forgive, they just try to beat you down until you don’t exist. That’s how they do things. They don’t accept apologies.”
“People were so angry, and I have to say a little bit ill-informed about me, that they would put me in the same box where they have people who call for the death of all Jews and want to enslave all black people. [The same box as] real racists that actually exist,” she continued. “They put me in a box with them. And how do they think that’s gonna affect me. They don’t think. They’re under mind control.”
The Conners premieres Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.