Roseanne Barr thanks John Goodman for saying she isn't racist

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'I'll put it this way, I was surprised at the response. "And that's probably all I should say about it". "I know, for a fact that she's not a racist", he told the Times Sunday.

On Monday, Barr, 65, tweeted her appreciation towards Goodman.

Ever since ABC canceled "Roseanne" in late May and then made a decision to move forward with "The Conners" the following month, there has been an awkward question: How will the new show will explain the absence of its predecessor's titular star? After several months of speculation, ABC announced the show will return with Sara Gilbert at the helm and the show would focus on the character Darlene.

John Goodman, who played Roseanne's husband Dan in the series, was talking with the Sunday Times when he spilled the beans: Roseanne Conner will be dead. "I guess he'll be mopey and sad because his wife's dead", he said.

The ratings-hit Roseanne reboot was abruptly canceled May 29 after Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

Three more Conners have been added to the ABC Roseanne spinoff.

Goodman said he has not had contact with Barr since the controversy, aside from an email he sent her after she agreed to relinquish her rights to the series. "I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time", he said. "And she's still going through hell".

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ABC hasn't said how it would explain her departure from the show.

Speaking about his relationship with Barr, he recalled that the two used to laugh a lot, and said his goal in life was "to make her wet her pants".

Well, wonder no more, because John Goodman has an answer.

The 66-year-old actor has been one of the few Roseanne stars who has not spoken out against Barr.

Roseanne ran from 1988 to 1997.

Roseanne's family is coming back to TV without her. She later blamed the offensive tweet on Ambien and then claimed that she "thought the b-h was white".