There’s a new He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in town.
Despite wild reviews from inside the White House, the “Roseanne” reboot won’t use President Trump’s name, star Sara Gilbert revealed.
“The Conners aren’t Trump supporters. Roseanne’s character is a Trump supporter — she’s the only one — and we never say his name, actually, in the show,” Gilbert said on “Watch What Happens Live.
“The show is not about politics. It’s not about anyone’s position or a policy, it’s really about what happens to a family when there’s a political divide, which is something that I think the entire country can relate to and something we need to talk about. So, with our show, it’s never about ‘doing an issue’ or ‘doing politics,’ it’s ‘how do these things affect a family unit?’”
While Gilbert promised that politics will take a backseat this season, Trump rode shotgun in last week’s pilot, which pitted Nasty Woman Jackie against the conservative Roseanne.
The President took credit for the show’s unprecendented early success.
“Look at Roseanne! I called her yesterday! Look at her ratings!” he said during a speech on infrastructure in Richfield, Ohio, Thursday.
“I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did ‘The Apprentice,’ he’s a great guy. He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you: did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?’ They were unbelievable! Over 18 million people! And it was about us! They haven’t figured it out! The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet…But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
Executive producer Whitney Cummings previously teased that the pilot stands out from the rest of the season’s themes.
“We keep saying that the first episode is going to piss off liberals,” she told the Hollywood Reporter, “and the other eight are going to piss off conservatives.”