There have been many false tabloids stories written about Roseanne in the wake of her ABC series getting canceled and replaced by "The Conners," a spinoff focused on her character's family. Gossip Cop frequently debunks false stories about the situation. Here are five wrong rumors.
Just last month, Gossip Cop busted the Globe for falsely claiming that ABC was begging Roseanne to come back and appear on "The Conners" in an effort to save the show. The magazine said that network executives regretted firing the comedienne over her racist tweet about former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, and were convinced the spinoff would bomb unless she returned. Considering that Roseanne's character died of a drug overdose on the premiere of the spinoff, the story didn't make much sense. Meanwhile, ABC recently ordered an additional episode of "The Conners," proving the network is confident in the show. Regardless, Gossip Cop checked in with Roseanne's rep, who assured us there's been "no contact" between her and ABC following her firing.
In September, Gossip Cop called out RadarOnline for wrongly reporting that Sara Gilbert was "stressed out" because the "Roseanne" spinoff supposedly wasn't going well. The blog alleged that the actress didn't think the show was nearly as strong or funny without its original star, and she also feared that audiences wouldn't respond well to it. In reality, Gilbert had said she was "so excited" for the "Roseanne" spinoff while discussing the project on an episode of "The Talk." Additionally, a source close to the actress told us the story was a "complete fabrication," while a production insider noted they had "just finished the first two episodes - they're incredibly strong and everyone's feeling good about it."
In July, Gossip Cop debunked a RadarOnline story about Roseanne supposedly begging Jerry Seinfeld to help her make a "career comeback." The website said the comedienne wanted to repair her image by appearing on Seinfeld's show "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee" and was pleading with the fellow comic to have her on an episode. The article was based on claims from an anonymous "source," but Roseanne's rep told us on the record it was "untrue," while Seinfeld's spokesperson also confirmed the story was made-up.
Gossip Cop busted the National Enquirer in July for claiming that Roseanne was meeting with various networks to star on a show that would directly compete against ABC's "The Conners." The tabloid even stated that one unnamed network had offered the comedienne $37 million to produce and star on a "new sitcom that could go head to head with 'The Conners.'" At the time the bogus report first emerged, Roseanne's rep assured us it was entirely false. As time has shown, the comedienne hasn't launched a new show and doesn't have one in development.
And in April, before the "Roseanne" reboot was canceled, Gossip Cop corrected a phony Enquirer story about the comedienne forcing her co-stars to get into Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism which she practices. The outlet contended that Roseanne was making her castmates uncomfortable by trying to push her religious beliefs on them. The premise came from an "on-set source," but the "Roseanne" reboot had wrapped production several months before the article was published. It seemed the magazine decided to concoct the phony story amid the premiere of the show, despite filming having been finished for months. Regardless, a rep for Roseanne told us on the record that the article was "absolutely not true." It's worth noting, the comedienne's former co-stars have given plenty of interviews in the time since she was fired, but none of them have indicated she was unprofessional on set.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.