Roseanne Barr Confronted John Goodman About His Drinking

By Victoria Kim 03/30/18

"I was drinking at work and [Roseanne] was scared for me. I was ashamed of myself, but I couldn’t stop.”

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Roseanne Barr was not a fan of John Goodman’s drinking—and didn’t hesitate to let him know it.

The longtime friends went on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday (March 27) to promote the reboot of the classic sitcom Roseanne, where they touched on Goodman’s drinking days.

“She was scared for me, but she was more confrontational,” said Goodman. “She’d already had a husband go through the process.”

Barr’s ex-husband Tom Arnold had had his own problem with painkillers.

Goodman is now eight years sober, but back then, he would drink “anything that was wet and of a certain proof.” It was “hard to watch” him drink, Barr recalled.

Toward the end of the sitcom’s original 9-season run, Goodman—who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Dan Conner, Barr’s TV husband—recalled an unhappy time. “The last four years were pretty bad, and I was drinking at work and [Barr] was scared for me,” he said. “I was ashamed of myself, but I couldn’t stop.”

Goodman wasn’t the only cast member Barr was looking out for. “I was pissed at everybody. Like, I found out the crew was letting Sara Gilbert smoke pot with them and I was fucking furious over that,” she recalled. “I called her mom, I called everybody’s mom. Lecy [Goranson] was having trouble, too. I called her parents. I’m Jewish and I’m a mother. What do you want?”

Goodman revealed in a past Howard Stern interview that he had started drinking on the job while he was on Roseanne. That carried over to his 1998 film The Big Lebowski.

“I was drunk a couple of times during Lebowski, but that’s way too many for me,” he said in March 2016. “That’s something I swore I’d never do in my life, is drink at work. In Roseanne I started doing that… I felt good, but ‘Hey! Let’s feel better.’”

He also discussed the challenges of sober life, including moving back to his hometown of New Orleans. “I got sober in LA and I was really worried about going home. But you gotta figure, as many drunks as there are down there, there has to be as many sober people. So I found a good community and good support.”

He’ll always have Barr keeping him on track. The two are old friends. “Me and John, we have a friendship off the show, too,” Barr said during the recent Howard Stern interview. “John has held my head when I was barfing in a bar. I drank too much, too. I still do. I didn’t give up like John.”

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