The actor suggested that he would like to move past the swirl of controversy, claiming that he had not even followed news coverage of the racist tweet that prompted ABC to ax the “Roseanne” reboot.
“I wasn’t going to get an Emmy anyway,” Goodman said with a shrug. “I’ve been up there 12 times already, and if I didn’t get one, I’m not going to get one.” (Goodman has actually been nominated for 11 Emmy awards, including six nods for his role as Dan Conner on the original run of “Roseanne.”)
Roseanne Barr was a gamble for ABC long before Tuesday’s cancellation
Goodman’s comments come amid a flurry of speculation over whether “Roseanne,” or some modified version of the show, could carry on without its titular star.
Variety, citing multiple sources close to the situation, reported on Thursday that there have been preliminary discussions among producers about ways to keep the ensemble together without Barr. Three key producers, including co-star Sara Gilbert, could meet with ABC executives as soon as Friday, according to Variety.
NBC News has not independently confirmed that report. Goodman, for his part, told the “Entertainment Tonight” videographer that he did not know anything about plans to salvage the series.
“You’ve heard more than I have,” said Goodman, 65.
In a tweet on Wednesday night, Barr praised Goodman and another co-star, Laurie Metcalf, for their work on the show — and struck a note of regret.
I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me-Laurie and John. I’m so sick over this-they will never have better character actors on their network.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 31, 2018
Barr has also apologized to the crew members who lost their jobs after her incendiary tweet, in which she referred to Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to Barack Obama, as a “child” of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”