"I know, I know, for a fact that she's not a racist," Goodman had told U.K. publication The Sunday Times in an interview from earlier this week.
When the subject of the now infamous tweet ("Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj") arose, Goodman said he was "surprised," but suggested it had more to do with the public outrage than the tweet itself.
"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 66-year-old actor, who played Barr's on-screen husband Dan Conner in the sitcom's original nine-season run as well as the rebooted season that scored massive ratings before being canned, added he went through a bout of depression after the tweet screwed over the entire cast and production crew, too.
"I was broken-hearted, but I thought, 'OK, it's just show business, I'm going to let it go.' But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed," he said. "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."
When asked if he became friends with Barr over the years, Goodman specified, that they were "work friends" and has yet to hear from Barr since ABC cancelled the successful sitcom reboot.
"She had to sign a paper saying that she relinquished all her rights to the show so that we could go on," he added. "I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back," he said, with the caveat that "she was going through hell at the time. And she's still going through hell."