The beleaguered comedian also reveals the current status of her relationship with the rest of the cast of "Roseanne," now "The Conners."
As ABC is poised to launch the season premiere of "Roseanne" spinoff "The Conners" next week, the eponymous star of the original series is still angry over her controversial ouster from the series following a racist tweet.
In a recent interview with DailyMailTV, Roseanne Barr suggested that she now thinks ABC used her tweet as "an excuse to steal [her] life's work."
She further laid the blame at the feet of her former on-screen daughter, Sara Gilbert, saying that it was Gilbert's reaction that sealed her fate. "That's the tweet that got the show canceled," Barr said of Gilbert's tweet that described Barr's original comments about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as "abhorrent."
"It was a perfect storm, kind of a little bit too perfect," Barr said. "Sometimes I think, 'Was this orchestrated, the whole thing?' Asking me back? Needing so badly to slam Trump and people who voted for him." Gilbert spearheaded and was an executive producer on the "Roseanne" revival, a title she retains on "The Conners."
Barr said she has not spoken to Gilbert since that "abhorrent" tweet and has no intention of talking to her again. "When somebody just doesn't care how their actions affect you, what's there to talk about?" she asked. In fact, she said she hasn't talked to anyone from the show since her firing and intends to keep it that way.
Meanwhile, Barr is making her foray back into comedy, kicking off a stand-up tour with her long-time friend Andrew Dice Clay this Thursday in Long Island, New York and Friday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
She also insists she has sworn of Ambien following the tweet. At the time, Barr claimed that she was in an Ambien haze when she wrote the tweet. She further says she had no idea that Jarrett was black when she compared her to "Planet of the Apes." Nevertheless, ABC swiftly fired Barr. And it was only after she negotiated with the network to give up all of her rights to the characters she created that "The Conners" was born.
Premiering as the number one rated new sitcom of the year last season, though down from the "Roseanne" revival the season before, "The Conners" returns to ABC for a second season on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m ET.