After the news broke that ABC will be moving forward with a Roseanne spinoff without Roseanne Barr, the internet was divided. But whether they think this new TV show will be successful or not, the one question that many people had was how will The Conners explain Barr's absence? As ABC stated in its press release about The Conners (the spinoff's current working title), Barr "will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series." Yet, Barr was an essential part of the series up until a racist tweet she wrote led to ABC canceling the show. Many fans on Twitter are happy for the rest of the cast and crew for not being punished for Barr's behavior. But the lingering question of how The Conners will write off the matriarch of the family remains.
ABC's announcement stated that The Conners will star John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman as their Roseanne characters Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and D.J. in the new show. The statement also explained, "After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before." The "sudden turn of events" is the only possible explanation given for the former titular character's absence, which allowed fans' imaginations to run pretty wild on Twitter.
While some people are intrigued to see how The Conners will be without Roseanne, others don't believe a spinoff without Barr will work. But even though the show had her name, Barr didn't actually create Roseanne — Matt Williams did. As The Los Angeles Times reported in 1989, Williams left Roseanne after the first season because Barr reportedly said she would leave if he wasn't fired due to creative differences. Interestingly enough, an associate of the production company that made Roseanne, Carsey-Werner Co., said at the time, "I don't know that she's indispensable."
When The Conners premieres in fall 2018, people will see if Barr truly is "indispensable" to the show she helped build. Meanwhile, until ABC makes it clear how Roseanne will be written off, people on Twitter will theorize how it will be done. Here are some of the best Twitter theories about what will happen to Roseanne in The Conners.