Actress/comedian Roseanne Barr went on a rather epic drunken Twitter rant Saturday (Nov. 30), referencing her two recent experiences working in TV — her 2011 reality show called “Roseanne’s Nuts” and her recent reunion with “Roseanne” star John Goodman in “Downwardly Mobile,” a sitcom that was picked up by NBC but then later shelved after only the pilot was filmed.
I’m never going to work in television again. I’m never going to even attempt it. I feel as if I’ve been insulted/assaulted for over a year. actually, for many years-from my first reality show to my second and two failed development deals. Don’t call me-I won’t call you. I’m gone. Not ONE word remained of any ideas I had. I was constantly ‘corrected’ as if I had no track record whatsoever. I’m enraged over all of it.
here’s my advice: if u know something is wrong frm the start, don’t try2 make it work-don’t excuse ppl’s insensitivity. They never improve. I don’t have the emotional stability to withstand being manipulated and lied to anymore-now that I’m old. development process went like this: show runner disappeared for 7 weeks-never returned any calls from me-I was told she ‘goes into a cave’ to write & cannot b reached by me. That was the first thing that happened after I signed on 2 ‘collaborate.’ I was told by her assistant that she was in an undisclosed location-which had no phone or email-later found out it was a room in her house. 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 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.
As I write thse words, I’m aware of the fact that other women’s work is belittled & undervalued far far worse than mine. That I’m a lucky 1. newsflash: Yes, I do have mental health issues. Decent ppl refrain from bullying, lying to, manipulating & taking advantage of ppl like me. one thing I’ve learned in Hollywood-every time someone tells me I’m a genius-tht means I am going to get f***ed. anyway, no more drunk tweeting late at night for me! twitter exists to aid bullying ppl who speak out.
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