John Goodman Devastated By “Roseanne” Cancellation; Defends His Co-Star— “I Know For a Fact She’s Not a Racist”

John Goodman responds to Roseanne Barr tweet
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The controversy that surrounds the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s sitcom reboot, “Roseanne,” is still going strong. While some cast members, like Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman, have chosen to speak out about their former boss, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) and John Goodman (Dan Conner) have remained silent or neutral on the subject.

John first spoke out early on when ET caught up with him to ask about the racist tweet Roseanne posted in reference to President Obama’s former advisor Valerie Jarrett and ABC’s decision to cancel the show. “I’d rather say nothing than to cause more trouble,” he said.

Now, the 66-year-old actor is opening up about the show and his sitcom wife. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, John reveals that the cancellation crushed him and he became depressed.

“I was brokenhearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go,'” he said. “But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit.”

The sitcom also went on to defend his TV wife, whom he’s known for over 30 years and shared a work relationship with.

“I know, I know, for a fact that she’s not a racist,” John says before saying how she gave up her rights to the show to allow the others to continue with the spinoff.

“She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on,” he adds. “I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”

As for John’s reaction to the ABC pulling the plug on the most popular show on the network?

“I was surprised. I’ll put it this way, I was surprised at the response,” he said. “And that’s probably all I should say about it.”

“The Conners” premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.