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'Roseanne' star John Goodman defends Roseanne Barr, says ABC's swift cancellation was a 'surprise'
"Roseanne" star John Goodman has gone public in defense of Roseanne Barr. Barr's show was canceled in May after the actress sent out a tweet that was deemed racist. The missive was aimed at a former adviser to President Barack Obama. Barr later deleted the tweet and apologized but ABC executives decided to cancel the program. Goodman said in a new interview that he knows Barr intimately and that she's not a racist. “I know for a fact that she’s not a racist," he said. Goodman, 66, also revealed that Barr had to sign a paper relinquishing her rights to "Roseanne." The paper was required so that the rest of the cast could transition to a new program "The Connors." The spinoff will feature most of the same characters minus Roseanne. "I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back,” Goodman said. “But she was going through hell at the time. And she’s still going through hell.”