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Roseanne Hints Politics Will Surface In Show's Return

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Actress Roseanne Barr encouraged social discourse through the sometimes controversial subjects her sitcom, "Roseanne," tackled head-on during its 10-year run on ABC from 1988 to 1997.

When "Roseanne" returns to the network on March 27, with its original cast intact after a two-decade hiatus, its lead character will continue to voice strong opinions, according to Fox News.

Yes, Barr's character, Roseanne Conner, supports President Donald Trump.

"It's just realistic," explained Barr, who herself supported Trump's presidential run.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, in early January, Barr said, "I have always ... attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working-class people. And, in fact, it was the working-class people [who] elected Trump ... so I felt that was something that needed to be discussed."

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As for her own views, Barr said while she supports the president, some of his words and actions give her pause.

"He says a lot of crazy s**t," Barr said. "I'm not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he has said that I don't agree with."

She added that politics always has a variety of viewpoints.

"Half of the country voted for [Trump], and half of them didn't," she pointed out. "It's always the lesser of two evils and we ... have to face our own conscience of how we deal with that."

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Executive Producer Bruce Helford confirmed the show would not turn a blind eye to relevant topics in the public consciousness. That especially includes varying political views, given the general climate of divisiveness that has intensified across the country since the 2016 presidential election.

"There's no agenda," Helford said. "We had a lot of discussions about all of our beliefs. We had to find a way for this particular family ... to get that [pro-Trump or anti-Trump] debate going in a very honest way and a very real way."

When "Roseanne" debuted in 1988, the show emerged as a refreshingly unpretentious reflection of a blue-collar couple in middle America struggling paycheck to paycheck to raise their three children, who confronted their own challenges while growing up.

In addition to Barr, the show's returning cast includes John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.

Gilbert, who plays daughter Darlene Conner, hinted that perhaps mother and daughter may have at least one political discussion in the context of an upcoming episode.

"This is a time when our country is divided," Gilbert said in early January, according to The Washington Post. "People feel like they can't disagree and still love and talk to each other. It's a great opportunity to have a family divided by politics but ... still filled with love. What a great thing [for] this country right now."

Sources: Fox News, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Stand-Up Sucks LLC/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gabriel Silva/Wikimedia Commons, Jonathan Mauer/Wikimedia Commons

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