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Comedy legend Roseanne Barr is back! She will make her return on Fox Nation, Fox News’ new streaming service. The service has a one-hour comedy special lined up from Roseanne which will air in the new year.
The show is called “A Roseanne Comedy Special.” It will be her first stand-up comedy special in 16 years. Her last special was “Blonde and Bitchin'” on HBO in 2006.
“Roseanne is a comedy icon whose humor connects with the American audience like no other,” Fox Nation president Jason Klarman said in a statement. “Her ability to channel the challenges of everyday people and find the humor in it all has earned her the passionate following of millions of dedicated fans.”
Fox Nation said that her new special will feature “Ms. Barr’s signature comedic take on a variety of topics, with no subject off limits.”
Barr’s last major project was a reboot of her landmark ABC sitcom in 2018. She left the program, which was largely based on her own humor and life, in 2018 after posting an offensive tweet that drew accusations of racism. The show was transformed into “The Conners.”
Originally devised to expand Fox News coverage for die-hards, Fox Nation has in recent months expanded its lifestyle programming and has enlisted celebrities including Kevin Costner, Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, and Kelsey Grammer for various projects.
Roseanne was widely popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
The Hollywood Reporter shared:
Her sitcom Roseanne ran for nine seasons in its initial run and was revived in 2018, becoming a breakout for ABC. However, the network canceled the series after she sent a tweet about Obama aide Valerie Jarrett that was widely seen as racist. ABC brought back the show as The Conners, without Barr.
In the years leading up to the Roseanne revival, Barr became better known for her politics, which tended to be conservative-leaning, rather than her comedy chops. The new special marks a return to form for the comic.
While Fox Nation has had comedy programming before, the Barr special is unlike previous content developed for the service, and certainly a more significant investment in comedy.
Roseanne went on Joe Rogan’s podcast recently and said the reason her show was canceled was because of her support of Donald Trump.
“It’s all because I said that I like Trump,” Ms. Barr said.
“As soon as they heard that, a lot of cabals here in Hollywood, that’s all they needed to hear. It’s like, ‘OK, she must be destroyed.’ And I did hear people say, ‘Oh my God, I’m afraid she’s going to try to humanize Trump.’ At the network they said that. And it’s like, what, you mean Trump voters? Is that who you’re afraid is going to get humanized?”
“It’s such an elitist,out-of-touchh view of humans,” the comedian continued.
“It’s already offended me. It always offended me that they didn’t like their audience, and I liked the audience because I thought I’m from there and they’re familiar to me. And I vowed to myself: I’m not going to disrespect the audience. And I never did. And I never did sell out, neither.”