- Jerry Seinfeld told USA Today that he thought Roseanne Barr’s firing by ABC was “overkill” because “she’s already dead.”
- When asked whether he thought she should have been given a chance to be on the show again, he said, “I don’t know much about it.”
- Barr’s “Roseanne” revival was canceled after she made a racist remark on Twitter and ABC is going foward with a spin-off without her.
Jerry Seinfeld and Roseanne Barr both rose to prominence through 1990s sitcoms, but their careers of late couldn’t be further apart. That didn’t stop Seinfeld from weighing in on the Barr controversy, though.
Seinfeld told USA Today that he thought Barr’s firing from the revived “Roseanne” show was “overkill” because “she’s already dead.”
“I don’t even know why they had to do that,” Seinfeld said. “It seemed like, you don’t need to murder someone that’s committing suicide. I thought the firing was overkill. She’s already dead.”
ABC canceled its “Roseanne” reboot last month after Barr tweeted a racist comment about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, comparing her to an ape. However, ABC recently announced a spin-off called “The Conners” for this fall that Barr will not be associated with.
When asked whether Barr should have been given a chance to still be on the show, Seinfeld said, “I don’t really watch that kind of TV, so I don’t know much about it.”
But while ABC took a chance on “Roseanne” and will seek to ignite the spark again with “The Conners,” Seinfeld has no intention of going down that road with “Seinfeld,” which originally aired on NBC for nine seasons. Seinfeld said he doesn’t love the recent “trend” of TV revivals.
“I’m not a fan of going back,” he said. “I like to go forward. Make up something new. I don’t like retreads, I don’t like sequels, I don’t like Throwback Thursday. I like to look at old pictures, but other than that, let’s move on.”