ABC executives are now second-guessing the “knee-jerk” reaction to fire Roseanne Barr and fear the reboot without her is going to flop, according to a new report.
The Daily Mail spoke to “two senior executives” at ABC who both agreed perhaps Roseanne should have been suspended instead of terminated so abruptly.
“We didn't think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn't have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” one insider told the Daily Mail.
The source added, “This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision.”
After delivering blockbuster ratings, the original “Roseanne” reboot was canceled just three months into its triumphant return after Barr posted a tweet comparing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to “Planet of the Apes.”
The comedian later claimed she didn’t even know Jarrett was black and also placed blame on Ambien for compromising her judgement.
She has adamantly denied being racist towards black people.
The network decided to move forward with “The Connors,” which premieres on October 16. Executives aren’t so sure fans are going to get on board without Roseanne.
“When we greenlit The Conners we thought that the public would tune in to see the family return but what we've discovered is that people want Roseanne - they don't want the family by themselves,” one source told the Daily Mail.
No matter what the network tries to do, “Roseanne's fans come out in force stating that they won't watch the show,” the source added.