Roseanne Barr’s ex Tom Arnold claims star warned him not to date Laurie Metcalf

Tom Arnold has been dishing on his ex-wife Roseanne Barr before the “Roseanne” revival is due to premiere.


Tom Arnold has been dishing on his ex-wife Roseanne Barr.

The 59-year-old star claimed in a review for The Hollywood Reporter of the upcoming “Roseanne” revival that Barr told him not to date actress Laurie Metcalf, who plays the role of Barr’s sister, when he was working as a writer on the show in 1988.

“One night while partying, during the pilot week in 1988, Roseanne, which is on the front-passenger seat with [John] Goodman, saw me with Laurie’s hand in the back,” Arnold wrote in the article, which was published Monday. “The next morning she called me to her office and told me, “Writers are not date actors. That is a rule of the show business.”‘

Arnold said Barr made the comment just two years before the couple married, the brands they divorced after four years.


“Who was I to break a rule of the show business?” he recalled thinking at the time.

Arnold, who said he served in various functions of the writer, producer of the show before he was fired by Barr in 1994, that he was a Metcalf super fan both personally and professionally.”

“Laurie is a tour de force,” he said in his review. “They can this show. They could have every show ever.”

For his thoughts on the series itself?

“Bottom line: If you want to watch a show, because it is the voice of your political position, right or left, do not look to the ‘Roseanne’ reboot. You’ll be disappointed,” he said. “But if you’re a fan of the original “Roseanne,” especially the glory years — you know, the Tom Arnold years’ — this is as good as it goes.”

Barr has previously stated her sitcom character is a Trump supporter. The actress has been open about her support for Trump.

“It’s just realistic,” she explained of the choice to the TV pro-Trump. “I’ve always tried … to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and the workers. And, in fact, it was the working class people who have chosen Asset so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”

The actress told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that the revival of the ABC show will keep the same formula. In its heyday, “Roseanne” was known for tackling hard-to-talk-about issues.

“I am very excited to dig my teeth into the subject of health care in America, and that was a big part of this season…,” she teased. “I am really happy with it. And also about the aging parents and opioids, and all the things that I’ve noticed that everyone in my family and in my neighbourhood are kind of dealing with. So it’s like let’s do it.

“Roseanne” premieres Tuesday on ABC.

Fox News’ Leora Arnowitz contributed to this report.

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