John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert 'leaning on each other' as they move forward in new series without Roseanne Barr

The stars of “The Conners” are moving forward — without Roseanne Barr.

John Goodman says he and his longtime “Roseanne” co-stars weren’t ready to say goodbye to their characters after Barr’s offensive tweet in May prompted ABC to cancel the show.

They’re now reuniting — without Barr — for a spinoff, “The Conners,” and Goodman says the returning cast, which also includes Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert, is eager to give their characters a different ending.

“We’re leaning on each other when we do this show,” Goodman told People in a new cover story. “And supporting each other — that’s a very strong feeling among us. It’s different, but we can create something new from it. Let us finish the story on our own terms. Come along with us and see how we do.”

Barr was fired by ABC earlier this year shortly after she posted a tweet calling former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett the baby of “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.” The actress has since insisted the tweet about Jarrett was not racially charged, and that she didn’t realize Jarrett is black.

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ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, ROSEANNE BARR, ALAIN WASHNEVSKY, ANNE BEDIAN
ROSEANNE - 'No Country for Old Women' - After Beverly gets kicked out of the nursing home, Roseanne and Jackie fight over who will take care of their mother. Meanwhile, Mark's creative touch with building a birdhouse for Dan's customer is more than Dan can handle, but Darlene defends her son, on the sixth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Greg Gayne/ABC via Getty Images) ESTELLE PARSONS, LAURIE METCALF
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LAURIE METCALF, LECY GORANSON, SARAH CHALKE
ROSEANNE - 'Netflix & Pill' - After celebrating their 45th anniversary, Roseanne reveals to Dan a bigger problem with her bad knee. Meanwhile, Crystal announces her retirement as a waitress at the casino, and Becky and Darlene compete for the job which has full-time benefits, on the eighth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - 'Darlene v. David' - David unexpectedly shows up for Harris' birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship and the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Bev temporarily moves into the Conner home after an incident at the nursing home prevents her from returning, on the fifth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Greg Gayne via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, SARA GILBERT
ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, MICHAEL FISHMAN
ROSEANNE - 'Netflix & Pill' - After celebrating their 45th anniversary, Roseanne reveals to Dan a bigger problem with her bad knee. Meanwhile, Crystal announces her retirement as a waitress at the casino, and Becky and Darlene compete for the job which has full-time benefits, on the eighth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JAYDEN REY, SARA GILBERT, LAURIE METCALF
ROSEANNE - ABC's 'Roseanne' stars Ames McNamara as Mark, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner, Jayden Rey as Mary, Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, and Sarah Chalke as Andrea. (Robert Trachtenberg/ABC via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, EMMA KENNEY, SARA GILBERT
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LAURIE METCALF
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, LAURIE METCALF
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'No Country for Old Women' - After Beverly gets kicked out of the nursing home, Roseanne and Jackie fight over who will take care of their mother. Meanwhile, Mark's creative touch with building a birdhouse for Dan's customer is more than Dan can handle, but Darlene defends her son, on the sixth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Greg Gayne/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Darlene v. David' - David unexpectedly shows up for Harris' birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship and the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Roseanne and Jackie's mother, Bev, temporarily moves into the Conner home after an incident at the nursing home prevents her from returning, on the fifth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Greg Gayne/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, ESTELLE PARSONS
ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
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“The Conners” will reportedly address the absence of Barr’s character on the show by killing her off.

The cancellation of “Roseanne” came just two months after the show was rebooted following more than two decades off the air.

“Coming off such a high, it was hard to wrap our heads around,” Metcalf told People of the series getting axed.

The actress, who starred as Barr's character's sister Jackie, acknowledges there was a considerable risk in doing "The Conners," which premieres on ABC on Oct. 16.

“But we all decided as a group to take the risk, knowing that we could be judged by deciding to come back,” Metcalf told the magazine.

The original run of “Roseanne” aired for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997 and centered on the working-class Conner family who lived in suburban Illinois.

The series was a rating hit when it returned earlier this year and had been renewed for another season before the cancellation.

“Any sadness that we feel over what we’ve lost we’re hopefully channeling in an honest way into the show,” Gilbert told People. “And our show has always been able to deal with heavy topics, particularly for a sitcom. It’s been kind of built into the mix.”

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Melissa Gilbert, Sara Gilbert, and Mother Barbara Crane (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16: ROSEANNE - 'Gallery' 1988 Alicia Goranson, Sal Barone, Sara Gilbert (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: ROSEANNE - 'Radio Days' - Season One - 11/29/88, A songwriting contest unleashes creativity in Dan and Roseanne. Pictured: Michael Fishman (D.J.), Lecy Goranson (Becky), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Sara Gilbert, John Goodman and Alicia Goranson (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Sara Gilbert. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: ROSEANNE- 'Gallery' 1991 Sara Gilbert, Johnny Galecki (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Sara Gilbert during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 23, 1992 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ROSEANNE - 'Terms of Estrangement' which aired on September 15, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Sara Gilbert (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: ROSEANNE - gallery - 9/17/96, Sara Gilbert (Darlene) on the ABC Television Network comedy 'Roseanne'. 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parent's in Law., (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
11/04/99. Hollywood CA. Sara Gilbert attending the film premiere of her new movie, 'Light It Up'. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA Inc.
Sara Gilbert during Pediatric AIDS at Private Home in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Sara Gilbert (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Sara Gilbert during Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines World Premiere at Mann Bruin in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
ER -- 'Time of Death' Episode 6 -- Air Date 11/11/2004 -- Pictured: Sara Gilbert as Jane Figler (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert during 8th Annual Lili Claire Foundation Benefit - Red Carpet at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for Fusion PR _LA)
Sara Gilbert in West Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Sara Gilbert during 'A Time for Heroes' Carnival Hosted By Disney - Arrivals at Wadsworth Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Sara Gilbert arrives at the P.S. ARTS Annual 'Express Yourself' charity benefit held on November 4, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Sara Gilbert and Son Levi arrive at the 11th Anniversary Of P.S. Arts 'Express Yourself 2008' at the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport on November 16, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Sara Gilbert attends P.S. ARTS 'Express Yourself 2009' at Barker Hangar on November 15, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by MARK WOODWORTH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Sara Gilbert attends 8th annual 'Best In Drag' show AIDS fundraiser at Orpheum Theatre on October 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Sara Gilbert arrives at the CBS 2012 fall premiere party at Greystone Manor Supperclub on September 18, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Sara Gilbert arrives at the season premiere of HBO's 'The Comeback' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 18: Sara Gilbert attends the 2014 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 18, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: Sara Gilbert attends CBS Daytime Presents 'The Talk' panel at The Paley Center for Media on October 26, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/WireImage)
ROSEANNE - ABC's 'Roseanne' stars Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner. (Robert Trachtenberg via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Sara Gilbert attends the Gersh Upfronts Party 2018 at The Bowery Hotel on May 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Getty Images for Gersh)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 10: Season 9 of the Emmy Award-winning show THE TALK Premieres Monday, September 10, 2018 2 PM ET, 1 PM CT/PT on CBS. Sara Gilbert, shown. (Photo by Andrew Eccles/CBS via Getty Images)
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