Analysis: 'Roseanne' Without Roseanne Would've Been a Tough Sell

Variety’s co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein and senior TV reporter Dan Holloway break down the significance of ABC canceling its top-rated sitcom, “Roseanne,” in light of Roseanne Barr’s racist Tweet about Valerie Jarrett.

Holloway cites Barr’s history of inflammatory social media posts as a cause of concern among viewers even before the series aired, while he notes that keeping “Roseanne” afloat without the series’ star would have been a tough sell.

Wallenstein and Holloway also discuss how ABC has been billing itself as the diversity network for “years now” and considered “Roseanne” a part of that by featuring “families living in the Midwest whose members held in some cases deeply, deeply conservative views.”

Whether or not Trump, who has Tweeted about the show before, will get involved is up for debate, but Holloway could not deny the temptation for the Twitter-happy president.

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