Comic delighted by praise from Trump
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.”