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Rehab for Roseanne? Here are five ways Roseanne Barr could be excised from the upcoming spinoff

  • Author: Libby Hill, Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: June 24
  • Published June 24

Sara Gilbert and John Goodman on the "Roseanne" reboot. MUST CREDIT: Adam Rose, ABC

Now that ABC has finalized its plans to reboot “Roseanne” without its titular character, a singular question remains: How do you solve a problem like Roseanne Barr?

The decision to move forward with “The Conners,” a spinoff that ABC announced on Thursday, comes after the network’s decision to cancel the highly rated “Roseanne” revival in the aftermath of a racist tweet from the show’s star.

Thursday’s announcement explained that “after a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”

SHE'S DEAD.

The most obvious _ and most likely? _ choice is simply to kill off the character.

SHE'S IN REHAB.

Perhaps they negotiated to write Roseanne out of the show but not kill the character off, leaving the door open for whatever the future might hold.

In that case, the Season 10 development that Roseanne had become dependent on opioids due to ongoing medical issues offers a perfect way to usher the character out of sight (and out of mind) while she gets help for her issues.

SHE'S IN PRISON.

Which, coincidentally, gives us an idea for the next season of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."

SHE WAS DEAD ALL ALONG.

What? It could happen.

EVERYONE REALIZES SHE'S NOT A VERY NICE PERSON AND COLLECTIVELY CUTS HER OUT OF THEIR LIVES.

Probably the least dramatic option, but there's something to be said for realism at the end of the day.

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