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Roseanne Returns: Is TV Ready for a Trump-Loving Comic With "Nothing Left to Prove"?

• by Lacey Rose

"I said, 'We got to have a Hillary slam.'"

Roseanne Barr vowed this time would be different.

"I'm way too old to be fighting," the 65-year-old comedian told Roseanne co-star Sara Gilbert, who reached out in the spring of 2017 about jumping in on TV's current reboot craze and reviving their iconic sitcom. If Gilbert could reassemble the entire Conner family, including Roseanne's husband, Dan (John Goodman), and sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Barr would return. Her only stipulation: Gilbert, who would serve as an executive producer as well as her onscreen daughter Darlene, would need to take on any battles that arose, be it with the series' writers or its host network, ABC.

Barr had, after all, endured enough fights during the sitcom's original run, from 1988 to 1997. In those nine seasons, she took pleasure in firing writers (whom she referred to by number, not name) along with the series' creator, Matt Williams, even as the show hovered at the very top of the Nielsen charts with an audience of more than 20 million.

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