ABC Execs Demand Roseanne Stop Talking About Trump, Her Response Sent SHOCKWAVES Through Studio!

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American TV fans were ecstatic when they found out Roseanne would return to regular programming with a new season. Her show was well received, gathering millions of viewers, and hitting hard on political humor while hammering home a few good points in each episode. It didn’t take that long for ABC to come after Roseanne Barr and give her a scathing message about her pro-Trump character. However, the president of ABC, Channing Dungey, didn’t expect to hear the response Roseanne had for him after he demanded that she slow her roll on the political commentary and pro-Trump agenda.

Dungey seems to want Roseanne to stop with the political aspect and resort to strictly comedy – even though political humor is extremely funny and worked very well for her show up until now. Dungey wants the show to lean away from politics for now on. Conservative fans might not like that as much because the millions of fans who were happily watching the show could see their new show faced with a forced agenda to change Roseanne’s show. John Goodman would likely agree that he and Roseanne need to continue doing what worked best to get excellent viewership in the millions.

Don’t let ABC get you down. Roseanne shocked them with a stunning reply that put her fans at ease when she posted this on Twitter.

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Fox News provided more details on the demand from ABC: “ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey put the kibosh on “Roseanne” remaining political in the second season – apparently ditching the strategy the network touted only two months ago.

Dungey said that the show will lean away from politics next season during a conference call with reporters as part of the network’s upfront presentation. Upon learning the news, conservative media icon Matt Drudge tweeted, “Corporate cannibals stripping Roseanne of her fun.”

The return of “Roseanne” featured a debut episode in which characters argued about the 2016 election, with the show’s namesake representing the conservative viewpoint. As the season concluded, politics appeared less frequently on the sitcom.

“I think that they’re going to stay on the path that they were on toward the end of last season, which is away from politics and toward family,” Dungey said during the network’s upfront presentation after the call, according to TheWrap. The site added that Dungey said ABC’s goal is to be “as diverse and as inclusive as possible … across all metrics.”

“I think that one of the things that was fresh for us with ‘Roseanne’ on the air is that it is focusing (on) a family that is in a different economic status than some of the other family comedies that are on the air,” Dungey reportedly said.

The show, starring Roseanne Barr the pro-Trump title character, drew plenty of eyeballs when it premiered on March 27, shocking the industry with over 27 million viewers in Live+7 in delayed ratings. Shortly afterwards, ABC President Ben Sherwood eagerly rolled himself out to The New York Times after the successful return.

At the time, Sherwood claimed that ABC executives had a meeting the morning after the 2016 election about how they could better reach Middle America.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘There’s a lot about this country we need to learn a lot more about, here on the coasts,’” Sherwood told the Times in a feature headline, “‘Roseanne’ Reboot Sprang From ABC’s Heartland Strategy After Trump’s Victory.”

An ABC spokesperson said the network is “definitely not” ditching the heartland strategy when reached by Fox News.”

ABC might want to remember that Roseanne’s show brought millions of viewers to their network and likely increased their ratings on the days that her show aired. Her statistics to open the series this year was stunning, but slowed slightly, although it seemed like her show continued to perform as her fans became loyal viewers as her season went on.

The next season might have the hands of the ABC president grappling their show like a wrestling move, but Roseanne wants her fans to know that she’s not backing down and she will continue to provide as best of a show as possible.

Do you think Roseanne will continue with her political jabs and humor or will she be forced to dial back towards a strictly family based show? What’s wrong with having a little bit of political humor if the ratings continue to do well?

Should Roseanne demand control of her show as long as the ratings are up?

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