Hollywood Life: 'Roseanne' stars might be on 'DWTS' shortlist

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 01, 2018
12:01 P.M.
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Roseanne Barr's racist tweets not only resulted in the cancelation of her eponymous sitcom, but it also cost the jobs of her crew members and production staff.


However, an ABC network source revealed exclusively to Hollywood Life that Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman may be on the shortlist for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. 

Gilbert was an executive producer on Roseanne, and also portrayed the role of Darlene Connor, Roseanne's daughter, while Fishman portrayed the matriarch's son, DJ. 

Both actors were part of the original Roseanne series which aired from 1988 until 1997, and the 36-year-old Fishman was only six years old when he landed the role. 


'They are going to let the dust settle a bit, and there is still plenty of time before the next season starts, but Michael and Sara are on the top of their current wish list.'

A source, Hollywood Life, May 31, 2018.

Both Fishman and Gilbert were the first actors to publicly distance themselves from Barr after she compared Valerie Jarrett to a baby born of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. 

Fishman said on Twitter that he was devasted because so many staff members poured their heart and soul into the Roseanne revival. 

'I condemn [Barr's statements] vehemently. They are reprehensible and intolerable, contradicting my beliefs and outlook on life and society,' he continued. 


Barr responded to his statement by saying that she created a platform for inclusivity and said 'you threw me under the bus. Nice!' 

Fishman replied: 'You fought, built, and designed Roseanne for inclusiveness. That is why yesterday was so out of character with the last 30 years. It was in your hands from the beginning to the end. No one can deny that.' 

Later that day, Barr asked Fishman to leave her alone. Sara Gilbert shared his sentiments and said the comments about Jarrett 'and so much more are abhorrent.'