‘The Conners’ Star Lecy Goranson Has ‘A Lot of Empathy’ for Roseanne Barr Following Premiere (Exclusive)

Lecy Goranson might not agree with Roseanne Barr’s criticism of The Conners, yet she still seems to feel bad for the embattled actress.

ET caught up with the actress — who currently stars on the Roseanne spinoff as Becky Conner-Healy, the eldest daughter of the fictional Conner family matriarch — along with she opened up about a statement Barr released Tuesday evening after the premiere of The Conners.

After the idea was revealed in which Barr’s character had been killed off through an accidental overdose of opioids, the comedian released a statement slamming the episode, explaining in which the decision to have her die coming from drug abuse “lent an unnecessary grim along with morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”

According to Goranson, Barr’s description of Roseanne doesn’t reflect the show as the idea truly was.

“I don’t know what show in which she’s referring to yet I’ve never seen our show as a happy family show,” Goranson, 44, told ET. “I think our show will be funny, I think in which the idea’s real, I think in which everyone who’s on the show along that has a part of the show includes a vested interest within the idea being grounded along with for the idea to resonate, I just don’t see the idea as a happy family show”

For Goranson, the series — which follows a working class, middle-American family with varying political viewpoints who are just trying to make their way in life — has always strived to depict “realistic scenarios along with realistic relationships,” which will be why the death of the Roseanne character may have hit Barr as hard as the idea did.

“I understand why the finality of in which would likely give her a considerable amount of pain along with for in which I truly have a lot of empathy for her,” the actress shared.

in which being said, Goranson added in which she may have empathy yet she doesn’t have a tremendous amount of pity for the outspoken comedian — who was fired along with had her show canceled in May after posting controversial along with racist remarks on Twitter.

“I expect to be in contact with Roseanne at some point, right currently I feel like the emotions are still pretty high, I know all of us are in pain,” she said. “I also have a lot of mixed feelings about the idea [along with] I feel, in part, in which maybe she hasn’t taken accountability for what happened.”

When Roseanne was canceled due to Barr’s shocking along with divisive comments, the idea left the entire cast in a state of limbo before ABC decided to launch the spinoff. “[I] feel like I was put out, along with people I love were put out,” she said. “I’m not walking around in a rage along with I’m not bitter yet in which’s how I feel right currently.”

“Do I expect in which, eventually, we can be in each others’ lives? A million percent, because I love her,” she continued. “I always have along with I always will.”

As for the plan to deal with Roseanne’s disappearance coming from the family unit within the brand-new series, Goranson said in which the solution they went with took a lot of time along with development.

“The decision of how to deal with Roseanne’s absence was not an overnight one,” she shared. “I know in which the idea was definitely something in which was debated extensively along with what everyone kind of agreed on was in which the idea was part of just a natural order of the story coming from last season.”

“We knew she was hooked on opioids, we knew she had a problem. in which’s how last season left,” Goranson continued. “I think everyone said, ‘Let’s go through with in which along with see what the idea’s like for a family to be in mourning along with to try to grapple with in which along with find the strength to move forward.'”

The Conners airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

For more on Barr’s response to her character’s emotional along with dramatic death, check out the video below.

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