Roseanne Barr has made a hobby of frothing racism and dangerous conspiracy theory on Twitter for about a decade, which is something not many people were dwelling upon until the last few days.
Her ex-husband, Tom Arnold, on the other hand, has been well aware of Roseanne's tendency toward Trump-like conspiracy theories and told Anderson Cooper last night that the whole blow up came as not much of a surprise to him.
"I had a feeling this was going to happen when I first heard it coming back, that there was a reboot ... when I read her social media, in the very beginning ... I just knew that this would not end well."
"I had a feeling this was going to happen when I first heard it coming back, that there was a reboot ... when I read her social media, in the very beginning ... I just knew that this would not end well." Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr's ex-husband https://t.co/iSu35kPzuI pic.twitter.com/cilN4Vly7l— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 31, 2018
And in fact, she may have even wanted it to happen.
Anderson asked Arnold:
"You told The Hollywood Reporter today that Roseanne may have wanted the show to be canceled."
"100 percent. 100 percent."
“It had to happen,” Arnold told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I am going to tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen. If it hadn’t happened yesterday, [the second] season would have been so awful for everyone every day because she would have felt like she was [being] taken advantage [of], just like when I left the show."
Arnold was married to Barr from 1990-1994, while working on Roseanne. He was then fired and divorced the same year, though he remained close with her and his stepchildren - close enough that when the reboot was announced, he attempted to get distance between Barr and the toxic online presence she created with since-deleted gems like this:
"I said look, someone has got to tell her that Donald Trump doesn’t carry his own phone," Arnold said. "He may say the tweet, but someone is typing it in." Barr needed a "someone to wrangle her in and take her phone."
Arnold has been a frequent Trump critic, and the Roseanne reboot was specifically drummed up to appeal to Trump supporters. According to Harpers Bazaar, "Roseanne dominated the ratings in areas that supported Trump, and conservatives claimed that 'the rest of the country finally had a program they could watch without being spit on by the insufferable progressives that dominate entertainment'."
But ABC's many attempts to separate Roseanne from the character Roseanne ultimately failed.
Arnold faults ABC for the whole blow-up:
“ABC lost maybe $1 billion from this; this show was grinding out money hand over fist and they lost it all because somebody didn’t say, ‘Get that phone out of her hand. She’s not going to go on TV and say these things. But you put that phone in her hand and she is a loose cannon.”
The flagrantly racist comparison of African Americans to apes is pretty old hat for her, according to Arnold - and a deep read of her Twitter account.
“This monkey thing is something she’s tweeted before about black people."
Others could relate:
You mean there are people out there who think anything involving Roseanne could ever end well?— Emma (@kiwigirl888) May 31, 2018
The only reason this didn't happen when the original show came out is because there was no Twitter (FFS, there was *no Internet*) in 1988.— Oskar Pineño (@opineno) May 31, 2018
You can watch Arnold's full interview with Anderson Cooper below:
H/T: Huffington Post