Sara Gilbert Just Said That Trump Will Never Be Mentioned On ‘Roseanne’ Again

The first couple of shows from the new Roseanne revival have been a ratings boon for ABC. Initial reports put the show at 18 million viewers and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s already been renewed for a second season with an order for 13 episodes, up from this season’s nine. Whether those numbers have staying power or not remains to be seen. While millions tuned in like rubberneckers at a roadside crash to see what the new Roseanne might spew, some of those viewers may not be returning for the rest of the season or subsequent seasons — even if the show has mostly favorable reviews.

That’s because some are calling for a Roseanne boycott precisely because of lead actress and comedian Roseanne Barr’s outspoken support of Donald Trump and her wacky, misinformed, and sometimes conspiracy-laden tweets

Which is why there also seems to be a big push to get Sara Gilbert out front on interview programs.

Gilbert is an executive producer on Roseanne, the chief architect of its revival, and is reprising her role as the youngest Conner daughter, Darlene. She has been letting everyone know that not only are staunch liberals at the helm — writers include Gilbert and comedians Whitney Cummings and Wanda Sykes — but the only member of the Conner clan who is a Trump supporter is Barr’s character.

Gilbert clarified that on Watch What Happens Live this week, answering a question from one of the show’s callers:

The Conners aren’t Trump supporters. Roseanne’s character is a Trump supporter — she’s the only one — and we never say his name, actually, in the show…the show is not about politics. It’s not about anybody’s position or a policy, it’s really about what happens to a family when there’s a political divide—which is something that, I think, the entire country can relate to and something we need to talk about. With our show, it’s never about ‘doing an issue’ or ‘doing politics.’ It’s, How do these things affect a family unit?

But Twitter users still didn’t seem convinced:

There were also some liberal folks fully on board with Gilbert and her vision for the show:

For anyone who doesn’t know, Gilbert has turned into a bit of a TV mogul since Roseanne ended, working consistently on the small screen on shows such as 24, ER, and The Big Bang Theory before stepping behind the scenes to create the daytime roundtable talk show The Talk on CBS and then turning her attention to the Roseanne reboot.

She explained it to Stephen Colbert recently on the The Late Show:

Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik tweeted excerpts of his own interview with Gilbert:

Still, all of this controversy left some feeling admittedly confused…

Tysan had a few sage words for anyone bothered by Barr’s Twitter antics, her character’s support of the President, or her real-life love for Trump:

H/T: Twitter, Vulture