How George Clooney ‘caused a lot of problems’ for Roseanne Barr during ‘Roseanne’s’ heyday

Roseanne Barr and George Clooney had a fun working relationship during the first season of “Roseanne” back in 1988 — but that doesn’t mean the actor didn’t cause “problems” for the titular actress.

Speaking on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show on Tuesday, Barr recalled Clooney’s prankster tendencies on set. When the show reached No. 1 in ratings — beating out “The Cosby Show” — ABC sent Barr a giant chocolate bar shaped like a #1. But Barr said Clooney, who played Booker Brooks on the show’s first season, suggested they smash the bar and send pictures to the network president because he knew other actors received much nicer gifts than candy. Barr said she obliged.

“That caused a lot of problems for me. I should not have sent that picture,” she said. “But it’s so funny.”

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Air Date 11/06/1985 -- Pictured: Comedian Roseanne Barr performs on November 6, 1985 (Photo by Gene Arias/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 13 -- Pictured: Roseanne Barr as operator during 'MetroCard' skit on February 16, 1991 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Pretty in Black' which aired on October 13, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 10/30/1995 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Roseanne Barr during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 30, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
375669 01: 1998 Roseanne Barr Of The Roseanne Show. (Photo By Getty Images)
1998 Roseanne Barr Of The Roseanne Show. (Photo By Getty Images)
E364920 03: Comedienne Roseanne Barr poses with her husband Ben Thomas at the launch of her new CD titled 'I Just Can''t Help Myself' at the Tower Records store in Hollywood, California, February 21, 2000. The star performed with her band 'DiXXX' whom her husband is a member. (Photo by Chris Martinez)
382709 04: Actress Roseanne Barr and her husband Ben Thomas arrive at Project Angel Food''s Eight Annual 'Devine Design' Galla at the Pacific Design Center November 30, 2000 in West Hollywood, CA. The events proceeds go directly to Project Angel Food which provides free nutritional counseling and life-sustaining meals each day to 1,2000 men, women and children disabled by HIV/AIDS. (Photo byNewsmakers)
385218 39: Actress Roseanne Barr attends February 5, 2001 at the Lane Bryant fashion show at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 18: Comedian/actress Roseanne Barr poses at the 'Comic Relief 2006' show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace November 18, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The benefit was held to help families in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 23: Actress Roseanne Barr (L) with actor Will Ferrell (R) and wife Viveca Paulin arrive at the premiere of 'Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 23, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress/writer Roseanne Barr arrives at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Roastee Roseanne Barr onstage during the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Roseanne Barr attends the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Roseanne Barr attends The Paley Center For Media's 2014 PaleyFest Icon Award announcement at The Paley Center for Media on March 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival LA Kickoff Reception at The Standard, Hollywood on March 23, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Roseanne Barr (L) attends the cinema prive And PANDORA Jewelry Host A Special Screening Of 'Cake' on November 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for cinema prive)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Roseanne Barr (C) and children Jake Pentland (L) and Brandi Brown attend the world premiere of documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the photo call for Roseanne Barr's 'Roseanne For President!' at Sundance Sunset Cinema on July 01, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Actress Roseanne Barr attends the photo call for Roseanne Barr's 'Roseanne For President!' at Sundance Sunset Cinema on July 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage,,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Roseanne Barr attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actors John Goodman (L) and Roseanne Barr celebrate The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Moet & Chandon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: Roseanne Barr attends the Disney ABC Television Group hosts TCA Winter Press Tour 2018 held at The Langham Huntington on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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“[Clooney] goes, let’s go out, and I’ll throw it … and you hit it with a bat and then we’ll send the picture to the president of the network,” she continued.

“The show went to No. 1 in its third episode,” Barr added. “It premiered in the Top 10, though.”

The comedian recalled that Clooney teased her willingness to push executives’ buttons.

“George always would … when I’d go to my dressing room every day, it would say ‘Sandy Duncan'” Barr said, referring to the actress who took the spot of Valerie Harper on Season 2 of “The Hogan Family.”

“Didn’t Valerie Harper get fired from her own show?” Stern asked. “And you were always thinking you would get fired from your own show?”

“Oh, I knew they could do it if they wanted to,” Barr said. As we know, she didn’t get fired, and the revival premieres tonight.

Listen to the full interview here.

“Roseanne” returns to ABC Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: George Clooney and Amal Clooney go for dinner on April 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: (L-R) John Molner, Katie Couric, George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: George Clooney, Amal Clooney arrives at the Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' 'Suburbicon' at Regency Village Theatre on October 22, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Executive producer/director George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney arrive at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Suburbicon' at the Village Theatre on October 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 2, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 2, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: George Clooney and Amal Clooney are seen leaving Hotel Cipriani during the 74. Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images,)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 24: George Clooney and Amal Clooney arrive at the Cesar Film Awards 2017 at Salle Pleyel on February 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Fran�is Pauletto/Corbis via Getty Images)
(FILES) File photo dated February 24, 2017 shows US actor George Clooney and his wife British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Clooney as they arrive for the 42nd edition of the Cesar Ceremony at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The couple welcomed their twin babies, Ella and Alexander, June 6, 2017 in London, the actor's publicist said. The 39-year-old human rights lawyer and 56-year-old Hollywood star -- both first-time parents -- tied the knot in Venice in 2014. / AFP PHOTO / bertrand GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 24: George Clooney and Amal Clooney arrive at the Cesar Film Awards Ceremony at Salle Pleyel on February 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: George and Amal Clooney attend the Netflix special screening and reception of The White Helmets hosted by The Clooney Foundation For Justice with George and Amal Clooney, at the Bvlgari Hotel on January 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix )
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: (AFP OUT) Actor George Clooney (L) and wife Amal Clooney attend a Leaders Summit for Refugees during the United Nations 71st session of the General Debate at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Peter Foley - Pool/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the 'Money Monster' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 29: George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend 'Un Muro o Un Ponte' Seminary held by Pope Francis at the Paul VI Hall on May 29, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
(FILES) File photo dated February 11, 2016 shows US actor George Clooney (R)and his wife Amal arrive at the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin. George and Amal Clooney welcomed their twin babies, Ella and Alexander, on June 6, 2017 in London, the actor's publicist Stan Rosenfeld said. The 39-year-old human rights lawyer and 56-year-old Hollywood star -- both first-time parents -- tied the knot in Venice in 2014. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Amal Clooney and George Clooney arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: George Clooney and Amal Clooney arrives at the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney and Actor George Clooney arrive at the premiere of 'Our Brand In Crisis' held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the premiere of 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: George Clooney (L) and Amal Clooney are seen in Midtown on September 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
IBIZA, SPAIN - AUGUST 23: (L-R) Michael Meldman, Monica Gambee, Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford host the official launch of Casamigos Tequila in Ibiza, at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach hotel on August 23, 2015 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
IBIZA, SPAIN - AUGUST 23: Amal Clooney (L) and Founder of Casamigos Tequila George Clooney attend as Casamigos founders Rande Gerber, George Clooney and Mike Meldman host the official launch of Casamigos Tequila in Ibiza and Spain at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel on August 23, 2015 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
US movie star George Clooney (R), accompanied by his wife Amal (L), arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo on May 24, 2015. Clooney is now here for the Japanese premiere of his new film 'Tomorrowland', a retro-futuristic spectacle mixing environmental themes with sci-fi wizardry. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 25: Lawyer Amal Clooney (R) and actor George Clooney (L) attends the Tokyo premiere of 'Tomorrowland' at Roppongi Hills on May 25, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: (L-R) Mia Alamuddin, actor George Clooney and lawyer Amal Clooney attend the premiere of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Actor George Clooney and lawyer Amal Clooney attend the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Amal Clooney and George Clooney are seen on May 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Amal Clooney, George Clooney get dinner at Caravaggio in Upper East Side on APRIL 28, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 07: George Clooney and Amal Clooney get dinner at Kappo Masa sushi restaurant in Upper East Side seen out in the Big Apple in yellow on MARCH 07, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor George Clooney (L) and Amal Clooney attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
George and Amal leave Venice town hall Ca'Farsetti after their civil marriage cerimony (Photo by Giulia Candussi/Corbis via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 29: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin sighted on the way to their civil wedding at Canal Grande on September 29, 2014 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Robino Salvatore/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 28: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin leave the Aman Hotel on September 28, 2014 in Venice, Italy. George Clooney is set to marry his lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin this weekend in Venice where they met. (Photo by PVS/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice on September 26, 2014 in Venice, Italy. George Clooney is set to marry his lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin this weekend in Venice where they met. (Photo by PVS/GC Images)
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