Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

President Trump Called Roseanne Barr to Congratulate Her on Show

President Trump Called Roseanne Barr to Congratulate Her on Show

Barr's character on "Roseanne" plays a supporter of the president; in its first return episode, the show grappled with the divide between Trump supporters and defenders of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Trump called Ms. Barr to congratulate her on the revival of her comedy, "Roseanne", and to thank her for her support.

Barr said she was thrilled to receive the call from Trump. "I thought that this was an important thing to say at this time". "Matt Drudge tweeted: "'ROSEANNE' RATINGS BLOWOUT".

"I've known him for many years and he's done a lot of nice things for me over the years", she said. It generated impressive ratings, with a 5.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.2 million viewers for the entire hour, according to Variety.

She added that the same holds true for "people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American".

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The first two episodes of the revived show's nine-episode run reintroduced Barr's blue-collar heroine, Roseanne Conner, as a Trump-supporting granny. In real life, Barr is also a vocal Trump supporter, though she lives on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii and not in IL.

The titular star Roseanne Barr also said in recent interviews that she is game to do additional seasons. (The president even called to congratulate her for the great ratings.) It's hard to deny the politics of the show are the reason for its instant success, though obviously it remains to be seen if that will continue.

Kimmel praised Barr for depicting a family that is split politically in the new show.

Laurie Metcalf's (Jackie Harris) schedule is particularly hard to get, and Cummings said they are hoping to pin her for a few months straight.

"The idea that people can agree to disagree is kind of missing from everything", she said. We can really get our hands dirty and put our big collective shoulders to the wheel and change and fix things.

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