Roseanne Barr Says Her Character On "The Conners" Will Suffer Fatal Overdose

By Victoria Kim 09/19/18

Barr revealed the alleged fate of her namesake character in a recent interview.

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As the premiere of The Conners nears, fans of the show are that much closer to learning how Roseanne Conner gets written off the show.

In May, Roseanne Barr was kicked off her own classic sitcom, Roseanne, over a racist tweet that ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

The show was revived in 2018 and enjoyed positive reviews, but was canceled in May because of the controversy.

ABC decided to move on without Barr with a spin-off, The Conners, which airs on October 16.

John Goodman, who plays Roseanne’s husband Dan Conner, hinted at Roseanne’s death in a recent interview with The Times. “I guess [Dan will] be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead,” he said in August.

While we won’t know Roseanne’s fate until the show airs, Barr said in a new interview that her character dies of a drug overdose. “Oh ya, they killed her. They have her die of an opioid overdose,” she said on the YouTube show Walk Away.

Barr is not happy about it. “It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show,” she said.

But the comedian, who was also dropped by her talent agency at the peak of the controversy, is ready to move on from the drama. “There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over. There’s no fight left.”

According to People, The Conners officially started production in August. The spin-off will follow “the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”

While it’s a rather shocking way to write off the beloved titular character, a drug overdose is plausible for Roseanne after what we saw in the last season. 

We learn in season 10 that Roseanne is dependent on pain medication. Desperate to put off a costly surgical procedure, she keeps secret stashes around the house to keep her pain at bay. “I got these pills because I’m going to be dealing with this for a long time,” she tells Dan in the episode “Netflix & Pill.”

“I’m in pain so I take a few extra pills. It’s not like I’m a drug addict.”

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