Skip to Content

In the first episode of ABC’s Roseanne spinoff, The Conners, the character of Roseanne Arnold was killed off by an opioid overdose.

In real life, the reports of Roseanne Barr’s death have apparently been greatly exaggerated.

Roseanne Barr Wears a Red Hat
Photo via Instagram

Over Thanksgiving weekend, it was rumored that Roseanne had suffered a massive heart attack.

Some even went so far as to claim that the 66-year-old comic was at death’s door.

On Sunday, however, the former sitcom star took to Twitter to assure fans that she’s still alive — and hasn’t lost her sense of humor.

Roseanne Is Alive

"I’m fine," Roseanne tweeted along with the photo above.

“I was the victim of a prank. I’ve had no medical issues. I’m spending time at home with my family and relaxing.” 

So there you have it. Physically, Roseanne is just fine.

Her career, on the other hand, has seen better days.

Roseanne Flips Out
Photo via YouTube

Roseanne was fired from her eponymous sitcom back in May after making an appallingly bigoted comment about former Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett.

The rest of the cast soldiered on without her, re-fashioning the show into The Conners, an ensemble piece about the newly-widowed Dan Conner, who gets by with the support of his two adult daughters.

Barr has been outspoken in her criticism of the decision to kill off her character and continue the series without her.

Roseanne Barr Cackles
Photo via ABC

Along with her friend and rabbi, Roseanne issued the following statement following the premiere of The Conners:

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of The Conners, all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character.” 

Given the apparently fragile state of her mental health in recent weeks, many hoped that would be Roseanne’s final word on the matter.

Roseanne Image
Photo via Getty

Naturally, that hasn’t been the case.

In fact, the outspoken 66-year-old has been more visible than ever lately, sitting for a bizarre, rambling interview with Joe Rogan and planning a nationwide stand-up tour.

So it seems that despite the efforts to kill off Roseanne, her career is faring much better than her beloved character.