The source also stated that the network could be harmed as a whole, not just the show that now lacks Roseanne.
In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, however, two ABC executives reportedly admit Barr’s firing was a “knee-jerk” reaction from the network’s president and a temporary suspension could have been a more appropriate action.
“We didn’t think it through properly. What Roseanne did was wrong but we shouldn’t have rushed to fire her. It was almost a knee-jerk reaction by Ben [Sherwood] and Channing [Dungey] who should have launched an investigation,” an ABC insider told The Daily Mail.
The ABC insider openly admits regretting not polling the general public before making a decision. The choice to cut Roseanne from the show occurred hours after her comments sparked backlash.
“This would have given them more time to listen to the public, advertisers and cast members to determine the best decision,” he continued. “They could’ve suspended her from the first few episodes without pay and had her return later on in the season. I mean the season finale saw Roseanne going to the hospital for knee surgery.”