Posted: January 10, 2018
By Nicole Moschella, Rare.us
Roseanne Barr apparently thinks that she would make a better president than Oprah Winfrey — or Susan Sarandon for that matter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barr told reporters during a press tour that should Winfrey run for president in 2020, as many Americans are calling for after her emotional and riveting Golden Globes acceptance speech, she would possibly consider an opposition run.
“I do love Oprah. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else. But you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different,” she said. “Actually, I think I’d be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, probably even President Trump. And I did run in 2012.”
The actress also told the room that politics will not be off-limits in the upcoming reboot of her classic sitcom “Roseanne.” According to Barr, the series will take on some of Trump’s presidency, as it is a show about a working class family.
“In ‘The Roseanne Show,’ I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump, and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic,” she said. “And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”
The season premiere of the reboot reportedly will focus on a fight between Roseanne, a Trump supporter, and her sister Jackie, who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
The actress, an outspoken Trump supporter, reportedly fired back when one reporter accused the president of being xenophobic.
“Well, that’s your opinion,” she said, adding, “Well, he says a lot of crazy [expletive] … I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s said and done that I don’t agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don’t agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says.”
The reboot of “Roseanne” premieres at 8 p.m. ET March 27 on ABC.
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Update 10:25 a.m. Jan. 8: Two friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president.
Friends have been urging her to run for office for months, according to the news station. A friend emphasized Monday to CNN that “Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.”
Original report: Would Oprah Winfrey ever run for president? It's a possibility, according to her partner, Stedman Graham.
"It's up to the people," Graham, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "She would absolutely do it."
Graham's remarks came as Winfrey's fans flocked to social media to praise her Golden Globes speech.
"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said as she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.
Soon afterward, #Oprah2020 became a top trending topic on Twitter.
But don't get too excited, fans. When a Bloomberg reporter asked Winfrey about the trending hashtag Sunday night, she denied that she plans to run.
"I don't; I don't," she said, according to the report.
We'll just have to wait and see.
Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run.
“I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.”
“She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don’t think she’s actively considering it.”
Two of Winfrey’s friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that she was “actively thinking” about running for president. Her long-time partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that Winfrey “would absolutely do it."
"It's up to the people," he added.
King said Tuesday that she thought Graham misunderstood the Times reporter’s question.
“He thought the reporter said to him, ‘Would she make a good president?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely she would,’” King said. “That's how he interpreted the question, because this is the thing. Stedman would never so cavalierly say absolutely she would do it. It's up to the people. He would never do that.”
Winfrey fueled speculation that she could look to mount a campaign in a rousing, nearly 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Still, she denied having any presidential ambitions while speaking with a Bloomberg News reporter backstage at the awards show.
She was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her contributions to the entertainment industry and used her time onstage to address the “#MeToo” movement. The movement has encouraged more women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.
"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.”
King, who was at the Golden Globes when Winfrey gave her speech, described being in the room as “electrifying.”
“It was the right person giving the right speech at the right time,” she said. “She wanted that moment to be more than women wearing black dresses of solidarity. She really did want to speak to young girls around the country. She really did want to say, ‘Enough already,’ and I think she delivered on all that in a very eloquent way. Will she run for president? I think it's a very, very intriguing idea myself."
Fans eagerly awaiting the return of the TV show "Roseanne" now can mark their calendars.The premiere episode will air March 27 at 8 p.m., Deadline reported. The premiere will be an hour long, while the other eight episodes of the season will be a half-hour long, Deadline noted.
Comedian Roseanne Barr turned her show about the blue-collar Conner family into a hit in the 1990s. Talks of a reboot have been in the works for years. Production for the nine-episode installment wrapped this month. Most of the main cast members from the original series are returning for the revival, including John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner. Guest stars returning for the revival include Johnny Galecki as David Healy, Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris and Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Bartlett.
When producers decided to bring the iconic show “Roseanne” back to television, they had to figure out how to include both actresses who played the role of Becky Conner — and here’s what they’ve decided.
Lecy Goranson, who starred as Becky from the first to sixth season of the show, will reprise her role for the upcoming ABC reboot. Sarah Chalke, who took over as Becky when Goranson went to college, will still appear in the revival, and her role will actually center around Becky. The actress will play Andrea, a middle-class, married woman who hires Becky as her surrogate.
“I love the part. It’s such a fun part to play,” Chalke said of the plot twist, which will also “lead to some drama within the Conner family.”
Because both actresses made such big contributions to the original sitcom, the “Roseanne” team just couldn’t imagine not incorporating Chalke in some way.
“I was so excited to hear that it was coming back. I think the timing is perfect,” Chalke said of the reboot. “I think it’s exactly what is needed right now. Right now, when the country is so divided, I really think it’s a show that brings people together. The writing is so unbelievable. It’s so funny.”
As far as the show overall, viewers will soon see that the home of Roseanne and husband Dan hasn’t changed much since the family went off-air.
“You will feel the emotion from seeing that set again,” show manager Bruce Helford said. “It will be an extra-special experience.”
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