It can finally be shared: As revealed in the first episode of ABC’s “The Conners,” Roseanne Conner died from an overdose of opioids. Of course, the news didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows social media, as disgraced star Roseanne Barr herself revealed the storyline on YouTube during an interview in September.
ABC hid the character’s fate, utilizing it as a marketing hook to convince viewers to tune into “The Conners” premiere Tuesday night. But even before Barr revealed how her character would die, star John Goodman had already let slip, in a late August interview with the Sunday Times, that Roseanne Conner’s absence would be explained by killing her off.
Nonetheless, studio audiences signed non-disclosure agreements, and ABC asked reviewers to keep Roseanne’s plight a secret until the show debuted. So now it’s official.
The death isn’t out of step