7:00am PT by Katie Kilkenny
Roseanne Barr on Trump's Presidency: "It's Great for Comedy"
Roseanne Barr is explaining, again, why her onscreen counterpart in the upcoming revival of her late-'80s and early-'90s hit show Roseanne will be a President Donald Trump supporter.
"He talked about jobs, so that's what you need to do if you want working people to vote for you. Not Syrian airspace," Barr says in a clip for her upcoming 20/20 special, "Roseanne Returns," airing Thursday night. "And I don't think Hillary talked about jobs much. She was always just talking about Syrian airspace. Do you think people in America are — maybe they do. I didn't, though."
Barr announced that her character would be pro-Trump, which came as no surprise given the creator's own outspoken support of Trump. At the Television Critics' Association winter press tour, Barr said, "It was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other for the way they voted, which I feel is not American."
But in her 20/20 special, Barr also elaborates on why that same polarization provided an opportunity for her show's ABC revival.
"Trump offended half of America, and she [Clinton] offended the other half, so that's great for sitcoms," Barr says. "It's great for comedy. We're lucky to have him as a president; it's great for comedy."
In addition to discussions with Barr, 20/20's "Roseanne Returns" will feature interviews with fellow original and returning castmembers John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Sarah Chalke, who will reflect on the show's original nine-season run on ABC and preview the upcoming revival.
Executive producers Whitney Cummings and Bruce Helford, as well as former guest stars George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen DeGeneres, are also set to appear on ABC's 7 p.m. PT special.
The Roseanne revival will premiere March 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.