'Roseanne' Is Now a Big Trump Supporter in Reboot of Hit 1990s Sitcom
ABC's reboot of the popular 1990s sitcom "Roseanne" will have an added focus: highlighting support for President Donald Trump.
Unlike most of Hollywood, Roseanne Barr has frequently expressed her support and opinions of the president. In a New York Times interview, she said it was her idea for her character to back Trump, and that the new season will tell stories about "how and why [working class people] elected Trump."
The March 27 premiere episode features a back-and-forth between Barr and her on-screen sister, Jackie, about Trump's election.
“[Trump] talked about jobs, Jackie,” Roseanne said after Jackie questioned why she voted for Trump. “He said he would shake things up. I mean, this might come as a complete shock to you, but we almost lost our house the way things are going.”
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A review of the renewed show by Vulture said, "The fact that a character on a 2018 sitcom can be pro-Trump and supportive of an LGBTQ middle schooler may seem like a contradiction. But this new Roseanne exists for just that reason: to point out that such contradictions can and do exist in this country."
Fox Business Nework's Charles Payne said on "Fox and Friends" that he thinks the political decision by ABC is smart, and that it's "reflecting reality."
"There's a curiosity factor, plus 'Roseanne' was a very successful show the first time around, so I think it's a smart move on [ABC's] part," he said, advising other shows and movies to stop neglecting a large segment of the population that supports the president's agenda.
In an interview last week, Barr called out ABC's Jimmy Kimmel for his frequent jabs at the president after the host said he was surprised that Barr - a social liberal - voted for Trump.
"I’m still the same — you all moved. You all went so f---ing far out you lost everybody,” she responded, adding, “A lot of us, no matter who we voted for, we don’t want to see our president fail.”
She told Kimmel to "zip that f---ing lip" so that Mike Pence, a social conservative, would not become president.
UPDATE: The season premiere scored huge ratings for ABC on Tuesday night, with a 5.1 rating in the key demo of adults age 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers.