Roseanne Barr Says She ‘Doesn’t Want To Be Around’ When ‘Conners’ Debuts: ‘I Want To Stay Away From It’ [VIDEO]

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Roseanne Barr says she plans to leave the country in time for the debut of the “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners,” admitting that she just “doesn’t want to be around.”

The 65-year-old comedian was fired and her popular ABC sitcom was taken off the air after she sent a racist tweet about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

“I don’t want to be around, because, you know, I’ll get drawn into a negative thing of defending myself, or being angry for being mischaracterized,” the actress shared on the “Dr. Oz Show” Tuesday.


“You know, I don’t … I want to stay away from it,” she added. “I want to stay in a joyous, positive, happy place that I’ve worked my way to again in my life.”

It will be her fourth trip to the country and she plans to study to “learn and speak Hebrew fluently.”

“I want to be able to learn [and] speak Hebrew fluently, because, you know, I read very slow,” Barr explained. “I know the letters and I love the letters, but I want to speak it. And also I have quite a few teachers over the years that live there and I want to study.”

In an interview last month on the “Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Podcast,” the comedian explained that she planned to move to Israel by the time the spinoff hits the air.

“I’m not going to curse it or bless it,” the former “Roseanne” star shared at the time. “I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do. I’m staying neutral. I’m staying away from it.”

“Not wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral,” she added. “That’s what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again. I’ve done it. After all, I was married to Tom Arnold.”

On Monday, she revealed that her character was being killed off by an “opioid overdose” on the upcoming series.

“Oh ya, they killed her. They have her die of an opioid overdose,” the comedian shared with Brandon Straka on his show “Walk Away.”

“So it wasn’t enough to do what they did to me [fire me],” Barr said. “They had to so cruelly insult the people who loved that family and that show. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over. There’s no fight left.”

“The Conners” is scheduled to premier Oct. 16.