John Goodman says ABC are ‘killing off’ Roseanne on new spin-off show ‘The Conners’

The 'Roseanne' reboot was previously cancelled due to racist tweets from the show's star

John Goodman has revealed that Roseanne will be ‘killed off’ on the new Roseanne spin-off show The Conners.

The spin-off was announced shortly after the cancellation of the recent reboot. Disgraced star Roseanne Barr was sacked in May after she likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and a “Planet of the Apes” actor.

After being the subject of a huge backlash, ABC announced that it would be cancelling the series. In a statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

The Conners is now set to debut on ABC on October 16. In a new interview with The Times, Goodman said the new series will find his character, Dan Conner, “mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.” However, ABC have not confirmed the news.

A synopsis for the show reads:

“After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humour, and perseverance, the family prevails.”

Speaking of the fall-out after Barr’s tweets, Goodman added, “I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist.”

Barr did previously apologise for the remarks. “I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she wrote. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.”

She later denied that the tweet was racist, stating: “I’m not racist, I’m a creative genius”