Roseanne Barr will no longer be on ABC but according to reports, it doesn’t mean she will no longer see checks from the network. TMZ has revealed that because of Barr’s creative ownership in her former series ‘Roseanne’, she may still be able to profit from any relaunch of the series. It has been reported by several outlets that ABC is considering to keep the Roseanne story going without Barr by focusing on Sara Gilbert’s character. If this latest story is accurate, it means that Barr could potentially sue ABC if they decide to create something connected to the show without Barr’s co-sign.
ABC is still all-in on moving forward with a second “Roseanne” reboot — this one revolving around Sara Gilbert’s character — but there’s a major issue to resolve … ownership. Sources close to the production tell TMZ … because Roseanne Barr created the show with the original executive producers, she has a financial stake in it and its characters. It’s unclear which specific ones she created, but we’re told the network is doing its due diligence to avoid a lawsuit. It’s very possible, we’re told, that Roseanne could put her foot down and say there will be no revamped reboot unless she gets a piece of the pie. However, if she’s making dough off the new version, it defeats the purpose of canceling the show after her racist comment.