Tonight is the big night America has been waiting for! After 21 years, Roseanne is returning to the small screen – and in a way, we can all thank President Donald Trump for the reboot.
Roseanne Barr has been a fixture in pop culture for decades, but has largely stayed out of the spotlight since Roseanne ended it’s nine season run in in 1997. That all changed during the 2016 presidential election when Barr came out in support of then candidate Donald Trump.
“I think we would be so lucky if Trump won,” she told the Hollywood Reporter several months before the election. “Because then it wouldn’t be Hilary.”
Since those initial viral comments, Barr has gone onto praise and defend Trump continuously, including this week while promoting the upcoming Roseanne premiere with John Goodman on Jimmy Kimmel Live. After arguing with Kimmel on the president’s controversial administration, Barr said, “No matter who we voted for, we don’t want to see our president fail.”
Considering Barr’s personal political beliefs, there was little surprise when news broke that some of the iconic Conner family will be Trump-supporters on the show. “It’s just realistic,” the 65-year-old actress said during the Television Critics Association press tour in January. “It was working-class people who elected Trump.”
According to Pew Research from the 2016 presidential election, Barr is correct; Trump was victorious over Hillary Clinton in America’s middle class, specifically with white working-class voters, which does match the Conner family’s demographic.
But despite the reasoning behind the decision to bring Trump-supporters to the show, many fans are torn. Some are delighted to see their beliefs in a prime-time television series, while others are put off by the politics.
The ratings will soon tell what fans really think of the show, although Yahoo’s own Ken Tucker said the Roseanne reboot is funny, even with it’s pro-Trump platform. One person who’s hoping the revival goes well is the star herself. “We all want to definitely [do more seasons],” Barr said a Paley Center panel in NY this week. “We had such a blast. And it was just so fun to be together again.”