Roseanne Barr Slams NBC, Anderson Cooper & Hollywood In Twitter Rant: “I’m Never Going To Work In Television Again”
By JEN YAMATO | Sunday December 1, 2013 @ 6:12pm PST
Roseanne Barr might not be heading back to primetime after all, according to the comedienne’s own Thanksgiving weekend Twitter rant. Earlier this year NBC set Barr to develop and star in a new sitcom co-written with Nurse Jackie showrunner Linda Wallem, but in a series of Tweets over the holiday Barr made her discontent with that project known. “I’m never going to work in television again. I’m never going to even attempt it,” she Tweeted. Without naming Wallem specifically, Barr wrote of a female showrunner who disappeared on her for seven weeks and turned in a script she didn’t like:
“[The] development process went like this: show runner disappeared for 7 weeks-never returned any calls from me-I was told she ‘goes in2 a cave’. I was also told that this was ‘her process’-and that the result would be fantastic. I asked why I had been removed totally from the process. They had less than no interest in including me in the development of a show that was built on ‘my brand’. It was horrible, but I kept on bc i kept on bc I had 2 C it thru-out of a bizarre interest in the insane outcome. The script didn’t resonate with me-I tried 2 b kind about it There were hardly any jokes in the script, and I didn’t connect with the characters at all. My family told me 2 quit-I kept on trying.”
In Tweets that have since been deleted, Barr attacked Anderson Cooper as “a toad” and slammed Roseanne showrunner Matt Williams, with whom she sparred on the set of her hit ABC sitcom. “Every word I turned in to nbc and nbc studios was censored and thrown out – they wanted ‘my brand’ w/o me in it. Worse than matt w,” Barr wrote. “When I was told that no star gets to write their own show, I asked, ‘Who writes Tina Fey’s show, then?” she Tweeted. Barr teased plans to direct, edit, and star in her own new internet show “about the development process.” She wrapped the missive by declaring to Hollywood that “I am done being mentally tortured – I quit.” Today she added a few more details: “My new internet tv sitcom will feature nudity, obscene language, violence politically incorrect analysis & channelling The Immutable Goddess.”
Oh, behind the scenes drama. Such a shame they didn’t resolve it properly.