Producers are moving toward an agreement that would allow them to go ahead with a “Roseanne” spinoff, Page Six has learned, because Roseanne Barr is “seriously considering” forgoing any profits from the new show.
It was a huge blow to the cast, crew and fans of the blockbuster revival — not to mention the network — when ABC canceled it because of creator Barr’s racist tweets.
The idea of creating a spinoff — possibly focusing on another family member — that would allow the team to carry on without Barr quickly surfaced. But many, including one of its showrunners, Whitney Cummings, balked at the idea that Barr would profit from the new version.
We’re told Barr is now open to cutting herself out of a spinoff entirely.
A source close to the disgraced comic — who says she is “hunkered down” with her parents in Utah — tells us, “Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation. She’s considering giving up financial and creative participation in a spinoff so the people she loves can have jobs. Barr holding on is a stumbling block.”
Speculation abounds about which character would be at the center of the spinoff, but insiders tell us, “The smart money is on Darlene [Conner] and her family.”
Last week, Barr tweeted, “I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused.”
A rep for Barr didn’t get back to us, and ABC declined to comment.
Barr was fired in May after tweeting a series of distasteful remarks, including one that said, of African-American Democratic operative Valerie Jarrett, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=[Jarrett].”
Cummings told TMZ, “I don’t really have words at the moment, but maybe they can salvage the legacy in some way. But if it benefits [Barr] financially . . . it’s a bad move.”