Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Well, it’s official — Roseanne’s character died on the series premiere of The Conners tonight. Her cause of death was pretty much what you’d expect if you had been viewing the multiple spoilers running around out there in internet land. What’s more, Variety just recently published an article that detailed how ABC wrote Roseanne off the show by creating a storyline where she dies of an accidental opioid overdose.
Earlier, Roseanne Barr spoiled her character’s demise, too, according to Entertainment Weekly. Barr unleashed the spoiler of how her character died of an overdose during a weekend interview on Brandon Straka’s YouTube show, Walk Away.
During the interview, Barr voiced her displeasure on how her exit was being handled, saying,
“They killed her. They have her die of an opioid overdose.
“I wanted to show [opioid struggle] in the show, but I was never going to have Roseanne die of an opioid overdose. It’s so cynical and horrible. She should have died as a hero or not at all … It wasn’t enough to [fire me], they had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show.”
Fans had a strong reaction to the Roseanne-Barr-less-spinoff even before the “Keep on Trucking” episode had even aired.
One fan reacting to the Variety article wrote,
“I predict the show will do good ratings in week 1 tonight due to the curiosity factor but then after that drop significantly as people realize the show is not good without Roseanne.”
Fans also took to social media with their grievances about Roseanne’s exit, with fans such as Austen Fletcher tweeting out that he’s never going to watch The Conners.
I pledge to not watch #TheConners tonight, or ever.
— Austen Fletcher (@fleccas) October 16, 2018
David Benjamin tweeted along those same lines, and he additionally opined that ABC fired Roseanne too quickly.
Seeing commercials for #TheConners on @DisneyABCTV for Tuesday Night. I will NOT be watching. A show without @therealroseanne is NOT a show to watch! ABC FIRED her so quickly; they LOST my viewership! #ShowWillBomb
— David Benjamin (@thetoyman1) October 14, 2018
Dylann Hogan called out for ABC to give the real Roseanne show back and for fans to continue the boycott of the season premiere with the following hastags:
— DylannHogan (@Dylanrockstar4) October 16, 2018
Others on social media were excited to watch tonight’s episode once it aired. One fan, Frank.y.tweet, commented that Roseanne should take responsibility for her own actions, instead of blaming ABC for what happened. He wrote that if she acted like her own character, none of this would have happened.
— Randy Haas (@Randy_Haas) October 16, 2018
Others still gave a thumbs up to “Keep on Trucking,” while another applauded the addition of Mary Steenburgen to the cast. Meanwhile, those tuning in to the new season will not be treated to Roseanne Barr’s wit, but there is still a talented ensemble cast that includes veteran actors John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and now Mary Steenburgen.
Giving #TheConners a shot!!! So far so good!!! I’m still a fan of Roseanne!!!
— Caprice ???? (@MsHollywood081) October 17, 2018
— Demi ???? (@DemiDarkoXD) October 17, 2018
Twitter user Jay Michaels made a reference to the racist tweet Roseanne Barr made about Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Barack Obama who is African American. ABC cancelled Roseanne shortly after Ms. Barr tweeted, “If the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Later, Roseanne blamed the racist comment on Ambien and apologized.
ABC wasn’t having it, and they said in a statement that her comment on Twitter was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
You all the fact that Roseanne tried to blame Ambien on her racist rant and she died from a drug overdose on the show is the ultimate shade #TheConners
— Jay Michaels™ (@jaymichaels) October 17, 2018
Cassidy St Denis, another fan, wrote that she had tuned in to watch a comedy — not a dark comedy.
What the hell would make the producers of #TheConners think “hey, let’s kill #roseanne off with opioids”. So so so dark. People watch these shows to escape from real life. To laugh. This show is horrible.
— Cassidy St Denis (@CassidyStDenis1) October 17, 2018
James tweeted kudos to the solid job the team was doing, especially John Goodman. Kelsey Goodwin said the opposite and proclaimed The Conners season premiere a real “snoozefest.”
Pleasantly surprised by how solid #TheConners is. John Goodman is doing a great job…can almost feel his pain.
Still not the same without Roseanne…but I'll watch next week.
— James (@jjkusaf) October 17, 2018
I can't be the only one who thinks this new #TheConners sucks without Roseanne. Snoozefest so far ????
— Kelsey Goodwin (@kelseyg2010) October 17, 2018
In a nutshell, the fans are divided about how they feel about Roseanne’s character being killed off on The Conners and the way ABC handled it. They are also split on how good or bad the new show is, and how it will fare regarding continued viewership. What’s certain, is that all eyes will probably be on the ratings tonight, and it should also be interesting to see if the ratings will go up or down this season.