ABC late-night host thinks the network might have been premature in pulling the plug completely on television's number one show.
It's somewhat appropriate that Jimmy Kimmel was the only late-night comedian on the air with a new episode Tuesday night, because the biggest story of the day came from his network.
"ABC decided to cancel their highest-rated show, "Roseanne," following a tweet in which Roseanne compared an African-American woman, a former adviser to President Obama, to an ape, which did not sit well with ABC management or anyone with a brain, really," Kimmel explained.
He then described ABC's subsequent decision to pull the plug on her show as a "huge blow to business" for the network, even if it was the only appropriate course of action. "We don't have much on this network," Kimmel said. "We're hoping the NBA finals goes 11 games this year. We're still airing 'America's Funniest Home Videos!'"
But Kimmel wasn't just interested in complaining about the huge revenue loss for the network, as well as the loss of jobs for the remaining cast and crew of "Roseanne." Instead, he was ready with a solution.
"Just because Roseanne is gone, doesn't mean the whole show has to go," he said. "The show must go on! That's what we say in show business. And with that said, I have an idea that I think makes this work for everyone."
And then he cobbled a trailer together for what many people online have been asking for, "Roseanne" minus Roseanne. For Kimmel, that meant a focus on John Goodman's character and a renaming of the show to "Dan." The trailer itself was totally awkward as his team sought out clips without Roseanne, but the idea holds merit. Goodman has always been the heart of the show, and he and Laurie Metcalf the strongest performers.
America might be done with "Roseanne," but they might just give "Dan" or "The Conners" a shot.