Roseanne Barr has reacted after her exit from Roseanne spin-off The Conners was finally aired last night.
The star was sacked from the revival of the hugely popular sitcom earlier this year, after she made a series of racist comments about ex-Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.
It led to the cancellation of her eponymous sitcom before it was subsequently announced that the show would return as The Conners, although Roseanne would be killed off.
As the show finally aired last night, it was revealed that the character died of an opiate overdose. As the rest of the characters struggle to come to terms with her death, it is revealed that Roseanne didn’t die of a heart attack, as they originally believed.
Instead,they realise that she died from an accidental opioid overdose after a bottle of pills is discovered by Dan (John Goodman).
But the death has received backlash from Barr herself, who claimed that it brought a “grim and morbid” dimension to a family show.
“We regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character”, she wrote in a joint statement with close friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
“That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show. This was a choice the network did not have to make.
“Roseanne was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society. Specifically, the show promoted the message that love and respect for one another’s personhood should transcend differences in background and ideological discord. ”
Posting on Twitter, she added: “I ain’t dead, bitches.”
In July, Barr gave her first interview since the sacking and insisted that she is not a “racist”, but instead a “creative genius”.