ABC announces ‘Roseanne’ spinoff — without Roseanne Barr

Less than a month after ABC canceled its popular “Roseanne” revival, the network announced late Thursday that the cast will return in a spinoff this fall — minus Roseanne Barr.

The show — tentatively titled “The Connors” — will feature most of the cast of “Roseanne,” including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert, but Barr will have no creative or financial involvement.

ABC did not say how Barr would be written out of the show, but described the show’s setup as: “After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”

The series was picked up for 10 episodes, and will air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays this fall, ABC said.

The Hollywood Reporter said Barr reached a deal with executive producer Tom Werner to divest from the series, but retained the rights to her character and potential future spinoffs.

“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” Barr said in a statement. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”

The revived “Roseanne” had been a huge hit for Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, -1.18%   ABC, with over 18 million viewers for its March debut. According to Nielsen, it was the second-highest-rated show on TV this year, trailing just CBS’s CBS, -3.09%   “NCIS.” But after numerous controversial and offensive tweets, the network finally pulled the plug after Barr tweeted a racist comment last month.

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