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Roseanne to be killed off in spinoff of hit TV program

Former co-star defends actress over highly criticized tweet that got her booted from her eponymous show: ‘I know for a fact she’s not a racist’

Roseanne Barr at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York, April 30, 2018. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC via JTA)
Roseanne Barr at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in New York, April 30, 2018. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC via JTA)

Roseanne Connor is dead in the spinoff of her eponymous television show, her former co-star said.

John Goodman, the television husband of star Roseanne Barr, confirmed in an interview with London-based The Times that Roseanne will be killed off for the “Roseanne” revival spinoff “The Connors.”

Roseanne Barr was fired in May from the reboot of her popular 1980s series after Barr, who is Jewish, drew wide criticism for a tweet in which she mocked Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to US president Barack Obama, as the offspring of the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.” Jarrett is African-American.

Barr later apologized and then offered excuses for the incident. In her apology she said she had made “a bad joke about her politics and her looks.”

In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from “Roseanne.” (Adam Rose/ABC via AP)

Goodman defended Barr in The Times interview. “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 know, I know for a fact that she’s not a racist,” he added.

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