"While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne's cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character", the statement shared.
On Tuesday night's episode entitled "Keep on Truckin'" of the newly minted Roseanne Barr-less revival spinoff (I guess that's what we're calling it) The Conners, it was learned that the character of Roseanne has died of an opioid overdose.
Barr, taking to the same social media platform that saw her axed by ABC in the first place, tweeted 'I AIN'T DEAD B*****S, ' shortly after the episode aired in which it was revealed that the Roseanne character had died from an opioid overdose.
ABC canceled the "Roseanne" revival in May following a controversial tweet by star and executive producer Barr.
It was clear as the episode wrapped up that Roseanne's presence was important to the Conner family, while the writers made certain to give nods to her ultimate dismissal from the show.
"That [the character's death] was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show", Barr and Boteach's statement expressed. In new opening credits, Dan, daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and Jackie take center stage. "While they worked out her fate, her character could have faced serious complications and fought for her life, while simultaneously making Roseanne fight for her career with a national apology tour".
As Tuesday's episode opens, viewers realize the Conner family is about three weeks out from their matriarch's death. He later learns she obtained the pills from several people, and had bottles hidden around the house.
"They think she must have taken the pills right before bed and with her health issues it was enough to stop her breathing", Jackie told the family.
Dan, working through the very bad news, tells her: 'It doesn't make any sense, I got her knees fixed, I flushed all her pills'.
Eventually, Mary (played by guest star Mary Steenburgen) confronts Dan saying that she didn't kill Roseanne and that they were exchanging pills.
With Dan now able to slumber upstairs, the show is eager it seems to put the drama that led to "Roseanne's" demise to bed as well. Dan is immediately furious and blames her for Roseanne's death. The neighbor also explained how many in the neighborhood share drugs from heart medicine to anti-anxiety medication.
'I never would have given them to her if I knew she had a problem, ' she says to him. The neighbor, played by Mary Steenburgen, said "Nobody can afford their meds".
"We did impossible numbers a year ago, so I don't want to think about that, but if they give us a chance and keep tuning in, who knows?"