Roseanne is not being begged by ABC to return to "The Conners," despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this claim. We're told in no uncertain terms the fired comedienne has not been contacted at all by the network.
According to the Globe, even though she's "bitter after getting fired from her own sitcom," Roseanne is getting the "last laugh as desperate ABC brass are secretly begging her to come back and save their replacement show." In a piece titled, "Roseanne's Revenge," the supermarket tabloid contends the network is "ready to pay the star major bucks to save [the] new show." To make it seem plausible and legitimate, the publication quotes what it calls an "insider" as saying, "Execs are desperate to see Roseanne return because they know the show is doomed without her."
The outlet's supposed source further maintains some ABC people "believe they acted rashly, and now they want to see Roseanne come back in the worst way." The network is even willing to "pay her a boatload of money" to returns, adds the unnamed and untraceable tipster. The tabloid says even though the ratings have been fairly good without Roseanne, "Bigwigs are convinced the new sitcom will bomb unless she comes back."
As widely reported, "Roseanne" was canceled after the star's racist tweet about former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. The comedienne has since apologized for her comment, which she said was a joke gone bad. The magazine claims the producers of "The Conners" want to fix the show, and are doing that by "arranging Roseanne's return" to the series.
So, how will ABC pave the way for Roseanne's character to come back after she died of a drug overdose on the premiere of "The Conners"? The outlet says it will all be explained away as a "dream," much like how that plot twist from the show "Dallas" in 1986 allowed Patrick Duffy's dead character to return to the nighttime soap. "The network is ready to go to almost any lengths to bring Roseanne back, and they'll do whatever it takes to make it happen," asserts the supposed "insider," who notes how now "Roseanne's gloating with sweet revenge."
Apparently, Roseanne's return is such a secret not even she knows about it. Despite the supermarket tabloid's contention she's "gloating with revenge," Gossip Cop is exclusively told no one from ABC has approached her about coming back. A rep for the comedic actress, speaking on her behalf, assures us on the record the magazine's story is "not true," and that there's been "no contact" between ABC and Roseanne. It seems the network is behind the program because it recently ordered an additional episode of "The Conners."
Interestingly, there's no mention in the Globe story about an article three months ago from its sister publication, the National Enquirer, which swore up and down Roseanne was returning to TV with a sitcom that would compete against "The Conners." In that tall tale, it was absurdly alleged she was going to earn at least $37 million for the series, which would've been a solid $34.75 million more than she was set to make for the "Roseanne" revival. Just like that report, the latest one is pure fiction.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.