ABC’s Channing Dungey discusses decision to stop with ‘Roseanne’: ‘It was not so difficult’

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey explained her decision to quit “Roseanne.”

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ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey discussed her decision to quit the popular series “Roseanne” Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about the former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett.

When Dungey was asked by The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday how difficult it is to give “Roseanne” the boat, the entertainment president responded by saying it was not.

“It wasn’t so hard,” Dungey said. “It felt like a line was crossed and we had to stand with our values as a company.”


Dungey said that they would not have done anything else when we look back on her decision to quit the series, despite its popularity.

“No, I don’t think so,” she said. “I think that the quick, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we are proud of what we have done.”


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Dungey went on to say she was excited for “The Conners” and to the cast back together again.

“I’m excited about the fact that we are able to bring the cast back and a majority of the crew back at work on “The Conners’ – that is important to me. That was my only disappointment that day – to think about the innocent people that were affected by the decision. The fact that we are now able to deal with The Conners’ feels good,” Dungey said.

Dungey said they received positive feedback when she announced her decision to pull the plug on “Roseanne.”


“There was a lot of positive responses, especially that of the communities in this city that have felt marginalized at times or that things happened that are overlooked, or brushed over,” she said.

Dungey said in some ways, Barr tweet “was the last straw.”

“We have already had several conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other things eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such a blatant tweet that it felt like no matter what, there are a number of measures that we have taken,” she said.


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When asked if she has a message for Barr, Dungey replied, “no.”

“The Conners” is slated to premiere on Tuesday, oct. 16. Members of the Cast John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman are set to reprise their roles. It is unclear at this time how the family will remain without Barr’s character or how they are written.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky and Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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