Despite her past comments supporting Donald Trump and her self-titled series revolving around a blue-collar Midwestern family, Roseanne Barr wants to make it clear that her upcoming Roseanne revival is not supporting the president.
Following comments from ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey saying Barr will speak “very honestly” and the 10th season of the sitcom will be “tackling some of the topics that are in the conversation today,” the comedian, who ran for president in 2012, spoke out on the topic.
On Wednesday, Barr wrote on Twitter, “MY NEW SHOW IS NOT ABOUT TRUMP! IT’S ABOUT A MIDWESTERN FAMILY.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dungey contended at Monday’s Banff World Media Festival that the show would appeal to an audience not fully served on network TV. “We’ll bring back a point of view that has really been missing on the air,” she said. “What the election revealed was that there’s parts of our country that didn’t feel heard, that they didn’t have a voice. When you look at how the polling data went in the run-up to the election, it was kind of a big surprise to many people that the election turned out as it did.”
Many conservatives viewed Dungey’s comments as suggesting Roseanne would be a pro-Trump show, which led the president’s counselor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to tweet, “May have to start watching TV.”
Dungey and ABC’s talk of Roseanne speaking to previously underrepresented viewers comes on the heels of the network canceling the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing. The axing led to conservative backlash, including a petition, which currently boasts more than 397,000 supporters, to boycott ABC.
While Barr has denied endorsing Trump and said she would only vote for herself (she ran in 2012 as a candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party), she told THR last year, the country would be “lucky if [Trump] won.”
Roseanne is expected to return in 2018.