ABC is moving forward with a Roseanne spinoff without Roseanne Barr herself. As part of the deal, Barr isn’t going to benefit financially from this series, other than reportedly receiving a one-time financial settlement. But although she’ll be missing out on millions of dollars, she’s wealthy enough at this point for it not to matter as much as you might think.
After all, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Roseanne Barr’s net worth is $80 million.
This isn’t entirely surprising considering her involvement in one of the most successful sitcoms of the 1990s. Barr wasn’t just the star of Roseanne but also a producer, and she’s credited with creating the character of Roseanne Conner. So naturally, she took in quite a lot of money via syndication fees.
Of course, this was in addition to her actual salary on the show, which was pretty substantial. Slate reported back in 1997 that Barr was earning $21 million per year by the time the final season was on the air. Barr’s salary almost certainly increased as the show went on. But if we assume she made $21 million for each season, that would mean she took in nearly $190 million from the original series’ run.
Back in 2010, in between the original run of Roseanne and the revival, TMZ reported that she was making $300,000 per month, i.e. $3.6 million per year. TMZ also reported the following year that Barr’s net worth was $42 million, but this number seems to be outdated.
Speaking of which, what exactly was her salary on the Roseanne revival? According to Variety, she took home $250,000 per episode, or $2.2 million for the entire season. But there were going to be 13 episodes in Roseanne‘s planned 11th season, which means she would have made at least $3.2 million off of that.
However, that 11th season of Roseanne will not happen. Instead, ABC is working on a spinoff tentatively called The Conners, which will follow the members of Roseanne Conner’s family but not feature that character. It remains to be seen how she will be written off of the show, but ABC refused to continue working with her after she sent a racist tweet comparing a former Obama Administration official to an ape from Planet of the Apes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of ABC’s top priorities with this spinoff was making sure that Barr would not benefit financially. This, of course, was a tricky situation, considering she is the creator of the character that the entire series revolves around.
Barr, however, has agreed to waive the fees she would be entitled to receive for this spinoff.
“I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne,” Barr said in a statement. “I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”