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‘Roseanne’ Co-Showrunner Whitney Cummings to Exit Ahead of Season 11

UPDATED: Whitney Cummings will not be returning as co-showrunner of “Roseanne,” Variety has confirmed.

Cummings’ co-showrunner Bruce Helford broke the news during a conference call with reporters on Friday morning, saying Cummings would not be back for the show’s second revival season and its eleventh overall.

The show scored an early renewal back in March. Cummings was an executive producer on the first revival season along with series stars Roseanne Barr and Sarah Gilbert as well as Tom Werner, Helford, and Tony Hernandez.

“Working on Roseanne was a surreal, incredibile experience,” Cummings posted on Twitter on Friday. “Due to work commitments and my tour schedule, I’m gonna have to watch the Conners from the sidelines next season. It was an honor to work with such an incredibly talented group of actors, writers and crew. Harvey Levin, you can stop calling my cell phone now.”

“Roseanne” is poised to finish the 2017-18 broadcast season as television’s highest rated program in the 18-49 demo, where it is averaging a 3.6 rating, acording to Nielsen live-plus-same numbers. The series was heavily touted at ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday at Lincoln Center in New York, where Barr introduced Disney ABC Television Group chairman Ben Sherwood.

Cummings is a veteran standup comic who co-created the multi-camera CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls” for Warner Bros. Television and created and starred in her own sitcom “Whitney,” which aired for two seasons on NBC.

Speaking to Variety in March, Cummings discussed the topical and sometimes controversial elements of “Roseanne,” whose lead character, like the actress who portrays her, is a supporter of President Donald Trump. “It’s about the circumstances that led to the current administration, not the current administration,” Cummings said. “We’re not talking about Mueller and Trump and Russia, we’re talking about not having healthcare and just the circumstances of a heartland, blue collar family.”

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