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John Goodman Finally Breaks His Silence About Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet

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Three months ago, when Roseanne Barr made insensitive comments towards President Obama's former adviser Valerie Jarrett, she couldn't have predicted the impact her words would have.

In the racist tweet, Barr called Jarrett, who is of mixed-race, a cross between the “Muslim brotherhood” and an “ape."

Not only did the actress's statement turn the public against her, the reboot of her popular self-titled show was cancelled after only one season.

Her statements also caused a rift between she and her colleagues, including Emma Kenney, Sara Gilbert, and comedian Wanda Skyes.

Skyes even quit the show before ABC officially announced its cancellation.

"I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC," Sykes, who was a consulting producer for Roseanne, wrote in a tweet.

Barr eventually deleted the tweet and released an apology in which she admitted that her comments were "in bad taste."

I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me - my joke was in bad taste.

Even after she forfeited her rights to the program, the 65-year-old's apology wasn't accepted by her co-stars and production staff.

"I walked away from the show despite the fact that I had a contract that protected me from getting in trouble," Barr confessed on Fox News' Hannity. "I was allowed under my contract to have 24 hours to correct any mistakes... But anyway, I walked away. I didn’t want to cause anyone to lose their jobs."

Walking away from the show enabled the network to change around a few things and turn it into the new spin-off, The Conners.

At one point, Barr, who is no stranger to controversy, blamed her actions on her use of ambien, a sleep-aid drug. More recently, she said that the tweet wasn't racial, it was political. She also revealed she thought Jarrett was "Middle Eastern," not black or white.

"The first thing was shock that they were saying it was racial, when it's political. That was a hard one to take," she admitted. "Then everybody started to say I was a racist, which is the worst thing that you can call a Jewish person, especially someone like me who grew up with Holocaust survivors."

Barr hasn't had a lot of supporters since making the mistake that she said cost her everything, but now, she is thankful that her former co-star John Goodman is on her side.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Goodman, who previously refused to address the controversy, finally broke his silence. He said he was taken aback by Barr's firing.

"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.

The 66-year-old actor also revealed that the situation took a toll on him and he suffered depression.

I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go. 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.

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Putting an end to the show also hurt Goodman's chances of getting an Emmy as ABC cancelled the campaign to be in the running for nominations.

Goodman added that he appreciated Barr relinquishing her rights to the show, and he knows "for a fact that she's not a racist."

"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."

Goodman wasn't exaggerating. Barr herself revealed that once the scandal broke, everything got worse for her. She wasn't able to leave her home in Hawaii because she was "scared to go outside."

As for her career on television, it's not looking too bright. After fans kept wondering how The Conners will deal with Barr's departure, Goodman confirmed that her character will be killed off.

He did not specify how Roseanne will die, but it's entirely possible that it would be due to an overdose. Before Roseanne was cancelled, writers introduced a storyline where the titular character had been abusing prescription drugs.

The Conners will premiere on October 16th, so we'll hopefully get all of our questions answered then.

Did ABC do the right thing by firing Barr, yes or no?

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.