In the wake of Roseanne Barr‘s Thanksgiving weekend meltdown in which she declared she’s quitting television, among other things, her former castmate and employee weighed in on the rant.
Sandra Bernhard appeared on ABC’s “Roseanne” from 1991-1997 and offered some insight into Barr’s beef with Hollywood.
“I know she’s upset,” Bernhard said on Sunday’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo.
The 58-year-old actress, singer and comedienne continued, “She’s written two really good scripts for NBC and they haven’t picked them up. And she should be, why shouldn’t Roseanne be back on television? I mean the ‘Roseanne’ show has not been off the air since it was first on the air.”
Bernhard would know. She says she’s still cashing her residual checks.
Over the weekend, Barr lashed out at TV executives, she vowed she’s “never going to work in television again.”
“I feel as if I’ve been insulted/assaulted for over a year,” she tweeted.
“Actually, for many years-from my first reality show to my second and two failed development deals. Don’t call me-I won’t call you. I’m gone,” Barr continued.
In particular, she called out one showrunner who has kept her out of the process of writing a script.
“There were hardly any jokes in the script, and I didn’t connect with the characters at all. My family told me 2 quit-I kept on trying,” the 61-year-old said.
Barr revealed that she’ll be working on an online show: “I’m writing directing editing & starring in my new show by myself. F–k everybody.”
In June, Barr was in negotiations with NBC to produce and star in a comedy series, which she was co-writing with “Nurse Jackie” co-creator/former co-showrunner Linda Wallem. If she was being eyed for a 10/90 order, there would’ve been an initial 10-episode order that would lead to a back-90 episode order if ratings hit their mark – much like the deal FX struck for Charlie Sheen‘s “Anger Management.”
An NBC representative told TheWrap it has no comment on Bernhard’s statements.
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