Spoiler alert, for those who have seen neither the debut episode of The Conners nor Roseanne Barr's spoiler last month. As Barr revealed, her character from Roseanne is killed off in the spinoff, which begins two or three weeks after the death of the family matriarch, CNN reports. A grieving Dan and the children initially believe Roseanne died from a heart attack, but they eventually discover she died from an opioid overdose and had been hiding bottles of pills around the house. Although Barr, who was fired from Roseanne over a racist tweet earlier this year, knew what was coming Tuesday night, she reacted angrily, tweeting, "I AIN'T DEAD, BITCHES," Deadline reports.
Barr later issued a joint statement with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, saying they regret ABC chose to kill off the Roseanne Conner character. "That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show," they said in the statement, accusing the network of being "unwilling to look past a regrettable mistake, thereby denying the twin American values of both repentance and forgiveness." Most initial reviews of the The Conners were positive, however. Laura Bradley at Vanity Fair says that while it is too early to say whether "Roseanne without Roseanne" will be a success, in some ways it feels "like a truer continuation of the original Roseanne than the first revival season ever was." (Barr may be permanently relocating to Israel.)