The creative team behind The Conners knows it has a problem: the ABC spinoff of the wildly successful and canceled Roseannehas to hold onto the show’s old audience (many of whom are loyal to the ousted star), without alienating people who were offended by the racist tweet that got her fired. So how will her absence be handled? “We want people to watch the show and see what happens and how we [wrote Roseanne off],” executive producer Bruce Rasmussen told Variety. “You don’t want to be flip about how you do this. A lot of people cared about that character and it’s separate from whatever feelings they had about the person and her political views and the things she said. We wanted to honor that character. People can have their opinions after that.” The Conners premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.