Roseanne Barr recalls confrontation with John Goodman about his drinking and working with George Clooney

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman pictured in a scene from the “Roseanne” revival première on 27 March. 2017.

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For their big revival premiere, Roseanne Barr and John Goodman recalled old times and discussed how Barr faced her long-time co-star about his drinking problem during the original production of “Roseanne.”

On Tuesday, Barr and Goodman joined Howard Stern on his SiriusXM talk show, where Goodman opened up about his past struggles with alcohol and how his TV-wife helped him.

“She was afraid for me, but she was more confrontational,” Goodman recalled on the radio show. “They already had a man through the process.”


Barr, who was married to Tom Arnold at the time and had seen her husband fight a painkiller addiction, explained that Goodman’s fight “hard to watch.”

“Me and John, we have a friendship from the show, too,” she said. “John has held my head when I was barfing in a bar. I drank too much, too. I still do. I don’t particularly like John.”

Goodman, who is now sober for eight years, said his last four years on the show were the worst. “I was drinking at work and [Barr] was afraid for me. I was embarrassed, but I couldn’t stop.”

In addition to opening up about difficult times with the Goodman on the original show, Barr also reminded of the time that she worked with A-list actor George Clooney.

Clooney appeared on the first season of “Roseanne” as Booker Brooks and Barr joked that the actor is the “prankster tendencies” caused a number of “problems” for her on the set.


When “Roseanne” beat “The Cosby Show” for the No. 1 ratings spot in 1988, ABC sent Barr a large chocolate bar in the shape of #1. But convinced that the other actors received much better gifts than chocolate to celebrate reviews milestone, Clooney suggested that Barr break up the chocolate and send a picture to the network of the presidents.

The 65-year-old actress said, “[Clooney] is, let’s go out, and I will throw … and hit you with a bat and then we’ll send the photo to the chairman of the network.”

Barr then admitted that they succumb to Clooney is the plagues and eventually the sending of the photo.

“That caused a lot of problems for me. I should not have sent that picture, ” she recalled. “But it is so funny.”

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