“Roseanne was your first show; it’s probably my last,” Whitney Cummings joked to Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) during The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Showrunner Roundtable. Cummings announced her departure as showrunner after the roundtable was filmed and before ABC announced the cancellation of the series following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet.
“I was sort of the progressive libtard in the room. I really wanted to dig in to the hypocrisies,” Cummings told the roundtable, opening up about a gun-in-the-home storyline she fought for. It was a fight Cummings eventually lost, calling it, “a hill that I died on.”
“I just always try to go in not having an agenda,” said Cummings. “I think that’s super obvious if you have some sort of motive and you want to force your dogma. The idea was just to hold a mirror up.”
She told the roundtable she routinely found dialogue and jokes on the show offensive but defended the writing choices, saying, “They would say this. This is what they would say when no one’s watching.
“If this person was related to me,” Cummings said of the characters in the series, “I’d yell at them about their beliefs, but there are certain people who talk like this, and to not represent them scares me.”
The full Emmy roundtables air every Sunday on Sundance TV beginning June 24 and on THR.com the following Monday. The full Comedy Showrunner Roundtable, featuring Cummings, Pamela Adlon, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Justin Simien, Alec Berg and Mike Schur airs July 29 on Sundance. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables with talent from the year’s top shows.