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Will Roseanne Barr and her television alter-ego’s support for President Donald Trump earn the Roseanne reboot a screening at the White House?
Time will tell, but Barr would certainly welcome an invitation.
“Of course,” she told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday night at a fan event on the Disney lot for the series’ nine-episode return. “Are you kidding me? I would hope that he would have good food.”
Barr’s co-stars weren’t as keen on the possibility of a Trump invite. ”I doubt that will happen,” said Roseanne producer and star Sara Gilbert.
Co-producer and writer Whitney Cummings joked, “I’d send him to voicemail, or I’m sure the [invite] would be a direct message on Twitter.”
Roseanne’s original Becky Conner, Sarah Chalke, who has a new role on the reboot, laughed at the idea of a White House screening. “I’ll just peek thought the windows,” she said. “You can do that at the White House, right?”
Despite the spotlight on Barr’s praise of Trump, the cast was quick to insist that the ABC comedy doesn’t focus on politics as much as many may be assuming. “The first episode deals with a divide in the family over politics, but we don’t really deal with politics after the first episode,” Gilbert said.
Cummings further explained, “We keep saying that the first episode is going to piss off liberals and the other eight are going to piss off conservatives.”
On a much lighter note, the Conners’ iconic couch is also getting a lot of attention. The revival uses a replica of the one that was used when the show first aired from 1988 to 1997. “We wanted to get the original, but somebody has it in a [private] TV museum,” Gilbert said. “If we used it, we could only have it on the days that we shot. We’d need to have extra insurance. We’d have to have a guard there. I was tempted, but all the other producers were like, ‘You’re crazy, Sara.’ It’s funny that they’re so careful with it now. We slept on it, ate Cheetos on it, spilled things on it. I was like, ‘Really? You’re so protective of that couch?’”
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