ABC canceled the revival, despite massive ratings, after Roseanne Barr sent out a racist "Ambien-induced" tweet aimed at a former Obama staffer.
"I was broken-hearted, but I thought, ‘OK, it’s just show business, I’m going to let it go," said the 66-year-old actor. "But I went through a period, about a month, where I was very depressed. I’m a depressive anyway, so any excuse that I can get to lower myself, I will. But that had a great deal to do with it, more than I wanted to admit."
In the network's statement regarding the show's cancelation, ABC's president Channing Dungey called Barr's tweet "abhorrent," and "repugnant." Goodman, however, was "surprised" by the network's swift response.
"I was surprised. I'll put it this way, I was surprised at the response… And that's probably all I should say about it." After a pause, according to the Times, Goodman said, "I know, I know, for a fact that she's not a racist."
Less than a month after ABC canceled the series, the network picked-up The Conners, which will focus on Dan (Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson), and D.J. (Michael Fishman), all of whom "are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before," following a "sudden turn of events," per ABC's official statement.
According to Goodman, that "sudden turn of events" will, unsurprisingly, be Roseanne Conner's death.
When asked how Roseanne Barr's absence will affect his character, Goodman said:
"I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead."
Goodman also said he reached out to Barr after she agreed to forfeit all profits from The Conners (though she likely received a one-time payment as "go-away" money from ABC).
"I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time," said Goodman. "And she’s still going through hell.”
You can read Goodman's full interview here.