Roseanne Barr Says Revived Show Deals With America Under President Trump

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Roseanne Barr told reporters Monday that the reboot “Roseanne” show will deal with being a working-class American under President Donald Trump, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“In ‘The Rosanne Show,’ I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic,” the 65-year-old actress and comedian shared at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour for the return of  the 1990s hit “Roseanne” to ABC. (RELATED: ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Will Tackle Trump Era)


“And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American,” she added.

Barr will play a grandmother who voted for Trump and often clashes with other family members over opposing views about a variety of subjects.

“What we wanted to do was find a way for this family, which represents a cross-section of values and beliefs, and get a debate going in an honest and real way–whether that’s pro- or anti-Trump or Jill Stein, it was really about getting dialogue going in an honest way,” show runner Bruce Helford explained. “There’s no agenda on anybody’s part.”

The new version of “Roseanne” will bring back Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert with nine episodes to kick off March 27.