Roseanne Barr took to Twitter and blasted ABC over the “unnecessary grim and morbid” end to her famous character on Tuesday Night’s premiere of The Conners.
The sitcom returned for its eleventh season but without the star on Tuesday night.
Despite ultimately giving her permission for the show to continue, Roseanne Barr was not happy with the show’s opening plot line.
In a joint statement released on her friend Rabbi Schmule’s Facebook page, she slammed the writers’ decision to kill her off with opioids.
“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character. That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show,” it read.
Hours after releasing a statement, she tweeted: “I AIN’T DEAD B****ES!!!!”
The first episode explained Roseanne’s death by saying she had died from a heart attack in her sleep three weeks prior.
Roseanne’s sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, received a phone call during the show with details of the autopsy blaming opioids.
“I just got a call from a friend at the coroner’s office – the autopsy found that it wasn’t a heart attack – Roseanne OD’ed on opiates,” Jackie told Roseanne’s husband, Dan.
“They think she must’ve taken the pills right before bed, and with her health issues, it must have stopped her breathing.”
Dan then said: “It doesn’t make any sense, I got her knees fixed, I flushed all her pills.”
At that moment Roseanne’s two daughters come upon Jackie and Dan talking outside and say: “Mom overdosed?”
Darlene (Sara Gilbert) then reveals she found pills in her mother’s closet, and upon looking at the bottle Becky (Lecy Goranson) says: “These weren’t prescribed to her, these are for Marcy Bellinger.”