How Will Roseanne Die? John Goodman Says His 'The Conners' Character Will Be 'Mopey and Sad'

Roseanne actor John Goodman suggested that his onscreen wife will be killed off by writers after Roseanne Barr's racist meltdown abruptly ended the hit ABC show's comeback just one season in.

Goodman, 66, will star in a Roseanne spin off about the family called The Conners but without the leading lady. It is due to air October when the second season of Roseanne was originally scheduled.

In an interview with Britain's The Sunday Times newspaper, Goodman said his character will "be mopey and sad because his wife's dead."

It as good as ends speculation on how writers will deal with her absence from the show. Though it opens up another big question: How will they kill Roseanne off?

A spokesman for ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

ABC canceled Roseanne after Barr, 65, posted a tweet comparing the black Obama White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to the product of the Muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.

Barr later apologized, claiming she thought Jarrett was white, and blamed her outburst on taking Ambien, a sedative.

She also pleaded with ABC to let Roseanne continue for the sake of those who work on it and even offered her own services for free.

But ABC would not allow her to return, and Barr agreed to a settlement that allowed The Conners to proceed into production without her involvement, saving the jobs of cast and crew.

Goodman told The Times that the network's response to Barr's tweet about Jarrett "surprised" him.

"I was surprised. I'll put it this way, I was surprised at the response," Goodman said. "And that's probably all I should say about it."

However, backing his former co-star Barr, Goodman added: "I know, I know, for a fact that she's not a racist."

"I thank John Goodman for speaking truth about me, despite facing certain peril from producers and network," Barr tweeted Monday night.

The Conners is scheduled to debut as a part of ABC's fall lineup on October 16.

All Roseanne cast members will be featured in the spin-off series with the exception of Barr herself. It's slated to only broadcast 10 episodes and its future depends on the audience response.

Ratings for season one of the Roseanne comeback hit 18.2 million viewers on its first show, reported Deadline Hollywood, 10 percent higher than its big finale at the end of its first run from 1988 to 1997.

In the revival season of Roseanne—its tenth season including the original run—Barr grossed $21 million in earnings for her role.

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Actors Roseanne Barr (L) and John Goodman, stars of the TV series "Roseanne", accept the Innovator Award at the taping of the 6th annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica June 8, 2008. Goodman said Roseanne's character will be killed off in spin off series "The Conners". REUTERS/Fred Prouser