A year ago, there were serious talks going on to bring the actors back for a short-lived season (a dozen episodes), under the producer Sara Gilbert (number two kid on the original series).
Now, you can ask....was there any real resume existing that would be worth giving her the producer position? I have my doubts. Somehow, Sara got with the production company and ABC, and found the right explanation for her to be producer and to lead this effort.
My guess is that she gave Roseanne Barr just enough material to believe that the dozen episodes would be worth doing, and that a slant on politics would be carried to some degree.
Roseanne arrived with the rest of the crew.....then found that most of the writers brought on board....are all liberal types. Shocker? Maybe.
So in the first one or two episodes....Producer Gilbert gave just enough rope for Roseanne to spin a story the way she wanted.
As the season wrapped up....Producer Gilbert came out and said that Trump would absolutely NOT be mentioned in the next season at all. Gilbert was laying down the 'card'.
Looking at the top position that they'd accomplished, the introduction 'slant', there was some great timing coming up in September 2018 to spring 2020, and they could weave a number of poverty stories, with the writing team.
Roseanne? I think she just said 'enough', then sat down to figure the way to terminate the show. Just quitting was enough. Arguing with Producer Gilbert wouldn't cut it. She needed the head person of ABC to do the firing. Who was the personal friend of the President of ABC? Well....Obama's chief of staff. The ambien story? It does work well, I admit.
So it's ended. Gilbert is now stuck. She can't climb any more ladders without calling in some special favors. The odds that Fox will go and offer a series chance to Roseanne? She could make up a whole new story....hire some right-wing young writers, and be back on the air by October.
Using the term 'abhorrent'? Producer Gilbert felt compelled to use it when talking on Barr. But here's the problem.....there's a dozen pretender stars on ABC who have said enough (Jimmy Kimmel comes to mind) who deserve to be fired as well. Apparently, no one has the 'balls' to do that. And as for Roseanne being racist? Sorry, on the racist scale....she's probably a '2' at the very most.