- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

John Goodman in a new interview opened up about his battle with depression following the cancellation of ABC’s “Roseanne” reboot and defended the show’s starring actress against allegations of racism after her abrupt, and very public, firing.

“I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist,” Mr. Goodman said of Roseanne Barr, who was fired from the series in May after she compared former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to a “Planet of the Apes” character on Twitter.

Ms. Barr has repeatedly apologized for the tweet and insisted it was misinterpreted, but the show was subsequently canceled. ABC has since announced a new spinoff series based on the fictional blue-collar family, “The Conners,” which will not feature Ms. Barr.

Mr. Goodman told the Sunday Times of London in an interview published Sunday that he was “shocked” by the show’s canceling and went into a deep depression in the weeks following.

“I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response … and that’s probably all I should say about it,” he said.

“I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,’” he added. “But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”

Mr. Goodman, who played Ms. Barr’s husband, Dan Conner, in the original series, said a remorseful Ms. Barr had to relinquish her rights to “Roseanne” in order for “The Conners” to move forward.

“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on,” he added. “I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”

On Monday night, Ms. Barr, who has since launched her own web show, tweeted thanks to her former co-star for his support.

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