Trump Personally Phoned Roseanne Barr About Her Ratings

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President Trump called Roseanne Barr on Wednesday night to congratulate her on the comeback of her sitcom, The New York Times reported.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the New York Times that the President wanted to personally reach out to Barr. Barr said she chose to turn her character, Roseanne Conner, into a Trump voter to maintain an "accurate portrayal" of working-class Americans. The very first episode of the show debuted in 1988. "I thought that this was an important thing to say at this time".

The same type of gripe emerged on social media with Twitter users.

According to a survey conducted by Morning Consult, just 36 percent of Republicans feel as though their political views are represented on television and 59 percent of Republicans surveyed said that they are more likely to watch Roseanne with the knowledge that the main character is a Trump supporter.

It is hardly a surprise that Roseanne, which follows blue-collar family the Connors and stars the comedian as a Trump fan, hit big with Middle America.


Chicago, which came in at number five, was the only blue state to appear in the top 10 for the show's ratings.

The reboot proved divisive before it had even aired, after it was revealed that the titular character would be a staunch supporter of US President Donald Trump.

But Williams seemed eager to throw Barr's ex-husband in her face right off the rip.

The show won generally positive reviews in a sharply polarized America with a title character who is now a pill-popping, Trump-voting grandma. His tweet attracted Trump critics as well.

Barr also acknowledged their mutual interest in ratings.


Kimmel praised Barr for depicting a family that is split politically in the new show. Her TV sister Jackie (Metcalf) is an extreme liberal.

She also has a history of making derogatory comments about transgender women.

Barr was adamant that her TV persona be a President Donald Trump supporter, like she is in real life.

"It's an accurate portrayal of these people and people like them", she revealed. "Fast forward to 2018 and the show is breaking ground again - but in a totally different way".

The first episode of the reboot, aired on ABC Tuesday evening, averaged around 18.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating in its key demographic.


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