John Goodman Misses Roseanne Barr on 'The Conners,' Was Surprised They Killed Her Off

John Goodman Misses Roseanne Barr on 'The Conners,' Was Surprised They Killed Her Off

The comedian jokes that nobody seems to remember that he was killed off as well, and reveals the unexpected movie he gets recognized for all the time.

John Goodman is enjoying a very busy period in his career with the forthcoming "The Righteous Gemstones" on HBO, "Black Earth Rising" on Netflix, and the "Roseanne" spinoff series on ABC, "The Conners," but he admits it’s not the same without Roseanne Barr.

The comedian dropped by "Late Night" where he described it as "really odd" doing the "Roseanne" spinoff series without its original star and creator. "We used to have a lot of fun on the show and I really missed her this year," he said.

"Roseanne" was cancelled after Barr posted a racist tweet and later gave up all of her rights to the show so the cast could continue working. It was after this that ABC announced "The Conners" spinoff, with people tuning in to the premiere in big numbers to see how she would get written off the show.

"That’s pretty permanent," Goodman said of the writers’ decision to kill Roseanne Conner off to an opioid overdose. "I mean, when I died on the show, they just brought me back. ‘They’re not gonna remember. Nobody was watching toward the end. He was sleeping.’"

He’s not entirely wrong, as that final season of "Roseanne" was almost unwatchable to long-time fans of the show. A blatant knockoff of Britcom "Absolutely Fabulous," it saw Roseanne winning the lottery and the family dealing with their newfound fortune before a wicked season-ending twist revealed the entire series had been a story Roseanne wrote, and the ninth season her fantasy after Dan died at the end of Season 8.

Remember all of that? Yeah, apparently no one cared enough to mention any of it when Season 10 kicked off and pretended like none of that had happened. In fact, John Goodman was absent much of Season 9 as he was off filming "The Big Lebowski," the film for which he says he is still recognized the most.

But there’s another cult-favorite film that he also gets a lot of love for, and it’s one very few people even remember existed. "I did one called ‘C.H.U.D.’ that gets a lot of airplay,’ Goodman said. "Cannibal Humanoid Underground Dwellers."

His was only a bit role, playing a cop at a diner who flirts with the waitress before the creatures that live underground make their appearance and they get on with the screaming and the yelling and the dying.

The 1984 film is a classic of the schlock horror films that dominated the decade, but it’s hilariously ridiculous that after all of his success, all of his starring roles and all of his great films, Goodman gets as much recognition for a film where his official name in the script was, "Cop in Diner."

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