Comic de­lighted by praise from Trump

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

ROSEANNE Barr is rev­el­ling in Don­ald Trump’s sup­port for her re­turn­ing sit­com’s im­pres­sive de­but, which the US Pres­i­dent says was a cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal break­through.

“It was a thrill to get a con­grat­u­la­tory phone call from the pres­i­dent,” Barr tweeted, two days af­ter tele­vi­sion net­work ABC’S Roseanne re­boot drew an es­ti­mated 18.4 mil­lion view­ers.

In the up­dated Roseanne, Barr’s sup­port for Mr Trump is shared by her char­ac­ter.

For the Pres­i­dent, it is a rare bright spot among the ma­jor TV se­ries, award cer­e­monies and late-night shows that reg­u­larly skewer him.

Mr Trump seized on its rat­ings dur­ing a speech in Rich­field, Ohio, that was to be about in­fra­struc­ture but me­an­dered through other top­ics.

He cred­ited pro­ducer Mark Bur­nett, who brought Mr Trump to re­al­ity TV in The Ap­pren­tice, for break­ing the good news about Roseanne.”

He said “Don­ald, I called just to say hello and to tell you did you see Roseanne’s rat­ings?” I said, “Mark, how big were they?’” Mr Trump re­counted.

“And it was about us,” the Pres­i­dent con­tin­ued. “They haven’t fig­ured it out, the fake news hasn’t quite fig­ured it out yet. But they will.”

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