Two things can be true: You can think Roseanne Barr’s tweet about Valerie Jarrett was ill-advised at best and flat-out racist at worst, and you can also admire Barr for relinquishing her rights to the characters (and the profits) so the show could continue without her and the rest of the cast and crew could carry on.
Carry on they did, and ABC did what it could to promote “The Connors,” which is simply “Roseanne” but without Roseanne.
— The Conners (@TheConnersABC) October 10, 2018
All of your questions will be answered! Such as …
— Julie Kams (@juliefoxridge) October 15, 2018
Answer this question please: Do you actually care about the fans? I'm sorry, but the conners is not its own entity, it is Roseanne's show without Roseanne. Great, you all kept your jobs, but you lost your audience. @therealroseanne @abc
— Lisa Mathis (@LisaMariaMathis) October 11, 2018
There’s something that would make this show SO MUCH BETTER. 🤔 gosh I just can’t put my finger on it.
— Kelley 🇺🇸🍀 (@KelleyKavanagh) October 15, 2018
Is it going off the air?
Granted, that's more of a request than a question.
— Peter Pike (@AuthorPeterPike) October 14, 2018
— Clare (@agent_it) October 15, 2018
— Kevin Hamill (@Kevin_Hamill) October 15, 2018
Awww shit. I'll be busy washing my hair… followed by watching paint dry.
— Kris Williams (@KrisWilliams) October 16, 2018
Sorry my calendar is full.
— Sherry Kerdman (@sherry_kerdman) October 15, 2018
No thanks. I'm gonna get a colonoscopy instead. It will be much more fun than that tired show without it's lead
— California Matthew (@EmeryvilleMatty) October 15, 2018
Will NOT be watching.
— Elv (@Elc369) October 14, 2018
No thanks. how Roseanne was treated while tons of celebs did much worse and praised for it…. I'll go with ignoring this show. And this was my favorite growing up. A shame what ABC did.. Thanks but no thanks.
— Josh (@joshx022) October 15, 2018
I was so excited when this show came back on but @TheconnersABC you never wanted Roseanne on it! You were looking 👀 for any reason to not have Roseanne on it! You broke the hearts of many loyal fans who aren’t going to be so loyal to you anymore! So very sad! You had a hit show!
— Jen.Lee.Sap (@JenLeeSap1) October 15, 2018
— L. J. Costello (@LJCostello_11) October 15, 2018
Nope and don't care. You blew it.
— Plumandmouse (@plumandmouse) October 14, 2018
— MrsBrightside0830 (@MargotGoodlive) October 15, 2018
Biggest failure in modern television. #TheConnors
— Dustin Kussmaul (@JawBreakingNews) October 14, 2018
— Chris Monti (@ToxicExplodley) October 15, 2018
Not going to watch. Sorry.
— Michelle Evans (@muffy57) October 14, 2018
— Loki Anthony 🇺🇸 (@DANKBEANS) October 16, 2018
Trash. You guys made a huge mistake. You killed your most popular show.
Why do Democrats love killing their baby so much?
— Kyle Messner (@MakeAmericaMath) October 15, 2018
— Gnosis Lies Within (@Quality_Qontrol) October 15, 2018
Can’t wait to hear how horrible the ratings are for this.
— masalla (@Sgnutten) October 15, 2018
Honestly, we’re not even picking through the responses to highlight the negative ones — there literally are no positive tweets. None.
Not interested in watching anymore.
— Sue Arndt (@lakegirl517) October 15, 2018
I’ll take a pass.
— Laura Kronen (@beyouonlybetter) October 15, 2018
John Goodman is the best
The rest of @TheConnersABC are dead to me..
Boycotting because what you did to @therealroseanne
I'm still angry about and will never forget.
Hope you get canceled after 1 episode.
— Stephanie (@nodramahea) October 15, 2018
Some ideas are bad ideas. I see no positive comments from anyone. Take the clue.
— Rachel 🐶💙🇺🇸 (@RaychelTania) October 15, 2018
Sorry. Won't be watching. Have no questions. Don't care.
— sparbanie (@sparbanie) October 15, 2018
Doesn’t anybody even want to know how they kill off the main character?
— Maul Of America (@MaulofAmerica) October 14, 2018
— ND Hawaii (@NancyinHI) October 15, 2018
— 🐴Miracle Appy🐴 (@MiracleAppy1) October 15, 2018
Last Man Standing wins Friday nights. That's gotta hurt.
— Treacherous Logic (@Treacherouslogc) October 14, 2018
Sorry no Conners with out Roseanne. Not a chance I will watch that trash. Lost all respect for everyone of these actors who went ahead with this show without Roseanne.
— David Thompson 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 🇮🇱 (@thefantasian69) October 15, 2018
Lost respect for the actors? For what it’s worth, it was really emotional moving on without Barr.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2018
Oh boo hoo. https://t.co/gphIMnoUoj
— 🐰The F🎃🎃 (@PolitiBunny) October 17, 2018
Yep, stabbing a friend in the back can make you feel that way.
— Taddy (@AddymanT) October 16, 2018
Damage control to feign compassion.
— Greg Perry (@Samarah88) October 16, 2018
I bet, Especially knowing ratings are gonna tank now.
— Chris (@momnkc18) October 16, 2018
Sara should have supported her cast mate Roseanne instead of throwing her under the bus. This show is dead before it starts without the star.
— Donna (@dwpalmersheim) October 17, 2018
It will be harder when the show is canceled
— Sean Mansfield (@MansfieldSean) October 16, 2018
So, what did everyone think of the premiere?
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For those who didn’t watch, which sounds like every family in America … spoiler warning:
I AIN’T DEAD, BITCHES!!!!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 17, 2018
'RIP JERRY': Mob descends on Jerry Seinfeld after he calls Roseanne's firing 'overkill' https://t.co/m4DYhn4Gec
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 26, 2018