Roseanne Barr may step aside to allow the planned "Roseanne" spinoff to happen.
Since ABC cancelled the highly-rated sitcom in response to Barr's racist Twitter activity at the end of May, sources close to the broadcast network have indicated that it plans on producing a spinoff centered on Sara Gilbert's character, Darlene Conner, and her family.
Gilbert and fellow "Roseanne" executive producers reportedly met with the president of ABC Entertainment earlier this month to pitch the spinoff, which cast members like John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, as well as key member of the writing and production staff, are expected to return for.
The biggest "stumbling block," however, was thought to be Barr herself: Because she's considered the creator of the show and its titular character, she would have a financial stake in any spinoff, and continuing to stay in business with Barr is exactly what everyone involved is seeking to avoid.
But, as a source told Page Six this week, Barr knows this and may pull herself out at the benefit of the rest of the "Roseanne" cast and crew.
"Roseanne feels so bad about her antics she is trying to figure out a way to help people harmed by the cancellation," a source said. "She’s considering giving up financial and creative participation in a spinoff so the people she loves can have jobs. Barr holding on is a stumbling block."
The insider also revealed that Barr is still "hunkered down" with her family in Utah as the blowback from her controversial comments, particularly about Valerie Jarrett, continues.
The actress had tweeted last week that she's "making restitution for the pain I have caused," which would remain in line with this latest report.
Former co-showrunner of "Roseanne," Whitney Cummings, who left the show before it was cancelled by ABC, had already publicly balked at the idea of a spinoff, considering that it would financially benefit Barr -- unless she pulls herself out.
"I don't really have words at the moment, but maybe they can salvage the legacy in some way," she told TMZ. "But, if it benefits [Roseanne] financially, it's a bad move."
A decision on whether or not to move forward with the Darlene-centric "Roseanne" spinoff is expected from ABC before the end of the month. As Variety noted last week, production on the show could begin fairly swiftly considering that the cast and crew's schedules had already been cleared for the now-cancelled second season of the "Roseanne" reboot.
The outlet cited insiders that said "the earliest initial episodes [of a spinoff] might be available to premiere by would be late November."
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