Sara Gilbert Fights Back Tears As She Breaks Silence On Roseanne Axing
"A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say, I'm proud of the show we made."
It’s been a tumultuous week for the cast and crew of Roseanne.
After the hit show was axed by ABC following controversial comments made on Twitter by Roseanne Barr, fans praised the network for making the difficult decision, while others voiced their empathy for her colleagues who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
One of said colleagues is actress Sara Gilbert, who played Roseanne’s daughter Darlene in both the original and the revival. Appearing live on The Talk on Monday, the 43-year-old reiterated that, while it had been a trying time, she was and continues to be supportive of the network’s decision.
"In addition to my statement, I would like to say this has been a very difficult week," Gilbert told her co-hosts. "A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say, I'm proud of the show we made."
"The show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion, and it's sad to see it end in this way," she said. "I'm sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.”
Gilbert’s co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Julie Chen also applauded the star for taking a stance against racism in the industry.
"As a black woman who is a comedienne… I'm happy to see that it was done swiftly," said Underwood, while Chen added, "Cancelling the show so quickly sent a strong message and the right message."
All may not be lost for the fellow Roseanne stars, however, with rumours swirling that ABC is looking into ways to reformat the show, with talks of a potential new series centred on Gilbert’s character, Darlene.
While the network is yet to comment on the reports, fans across social media have been largely supportive of the idea.
It’s worth pointing out, however, that even if the show is rebooted sans Barr, the 65-year-old would still stand to profit of the series as she is one of the original show’s creators and is credited with developing many of its characters.
ABC is rumoured to be making an announcement any day now regarding the a spin-off featuring the original creative team as well as Gilbert, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, so be sure to watch this space...