Roseanne Barr reveals she had several nervous breakdowns during "Roseanne's" original run
While Roseanne was one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed sitcoms throughout its original nine season run in the ’80s and ’90s, series star and namesake Roseanne Barr recently revealed that things weren’t always so funny behind the scenes.
Over two decades after its divisive ending, Roseanne is set to return for a highly anticipated revival featuring all the original Conners, including John Goodman — as a very much alive Dan Conner — Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, and Sarah Chalke.
Prior to Roseanne‘s long-awaited return to television, the cast is opening up about the series’ tense original run, and what to expect from the revival season in an upcoming 20/20 special.
In a clip from the 20/20 special via Entertainment Weekly, Barr — who starred in and executive produced the series — revealed that the behind-the-scenes discord and her own difficulties with fame caused her to be hospitalized numerous times for nervous breakdowns.
Barr and series creator Matt Williams notoriously clashed throughout the series’ run, beginning when Williams received the sole “created by” credit, as Barr felt that the series had been built and shaped around her own material. But while the original run was plagued by Barr and Williams’ numerous creative issues, Barr isn’t looking for a fight this time around.
The 20/20 special, dubbed “Roseanne: The Return” will feature interviews from Barr and the cast on February 15th, ahead of Roseanne’s Season 10 premiere on March 27th on ABC.