'He's Happy for Me': Roseanne Barr Gets Call From Trump After Show's Smashing Premiere
Roseanne Barr received a congratulatory call from President Trump after the premiere of the rebooted 1990s sitcom scored big ratings Tuesday night.
"He's just happy for me," Barr told "Good Morning America" on Thursday, joking about Trump's penchant for focusing on television ratings.
"I've known him for many years and he's done a lot of nice things for me over the years. So it was just a friendly conversation about work and television and ratings."
"We may not have it all together, but together we have it all." @RoseanneOnABC sets record ratings as the Conners come roaring back to primetime, and we speak LIVE to @therealroseanne about her phone call with the President and the return of the show: pic.twitter.com/CEBMfnnBAx
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 29, 2018
i would like to thank my writers-all Liberals. It has been fun to talk with you and jam! You are all wonderful!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) March 29, 2018
The show now features Roseanne Conner as an unabashed Trump supporter and she clashes with her anti-Trump sister, Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf. In the first episode of the season, the two have not spoken since the 2016 election.
Barr, a vocal supporter of Trump's policies, told the New York Times she wanted to tell the story of families "torn apart" by political differences and "how and why [working-class families] elected Trump."
"It's an accurate portrayal of these people and people like them. In terms of what they think, and how they feel when they are the ones who send their kids over to fight. We've been in wars for a long, long time, which everybody seems to forget — but working class people don't forget it because their kids are in it," she said.
"The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton said Thursday that the huge success of the rebooted "Roseanne" premiere translates to "a massive F you from working Americans to the cultural elite."
Wednesday night's two-episode premiere on ABC drew 18.2 million viewers and was the highest-rated sitcom episode since September of 2014.
"It's just such a wake-up call to the cultural elites to show that actually, people are not all like them. And there's nothing wrong with that. What is great about America is that we can all live together and have different views," Hilton said.
Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov praised the renewed show's success, saying that adding today's political nature is important.
"This is what modern politics today looks like, that families are split and they are divided and they fight with each other about it, and they advocate for their side but they still love each other and have dinner together," she said.
Watch the discussion from "America's Newsroom" above.