In the wake of Roseanne’s surprise cancellation, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel suggested a new angle for the show: just focus on the dad. ABC canceled its highest-rated program yesterday after the show’s star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet in which she compared former Obama administration advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. More specifically, she said that Jarrett looked like a fusion between a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (a Sunni Islamist group) and an ape.
As a supporter of Donald Trump, the birther movement, and the notion that a preponderance of facts constitutes fake news, Roseanne Barr’s political positions have never been much of a secret. And the network hadn’t let the comedian’s outspoken views deter it from rebooting the ’80s/’90s sitcom in March. This tweet, however, was clearly the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Still, Kimmel may be on to something, Barr’s co-star John Goodman, who plays her blue-collar husband Dan on the show, isn’t deplorable at all. Not to mention, his character is still a vital part of the show’s humor.
Kimmel cut together a quick trailer for a new show simply titled Dan. It’s basically just a compilation of some of Goodman’s best bits from the new season but makes a convincing case nonetheless. They could pull it off too. At the end of Roseanne’s first run in 1997, Dan actually “died.” The writers, of course, managed to explain that away when the show re-aired in March, and who’s to say they couldn’t do the same thing in the first episode of Dan?