Roseanne Barr's recent offensive and racist tweet targeting Barack Obama’s former adviser, Valerie Jarret, resulted in the cancellation of the show Roseanne. The cost for this abrupt shutdown will definitely not be cheap. But, it’s a deemed necessary as many fans have said that they would never return to watch the show. ABC couldn’t fire the core character, so they cancel it instead.
Sources predicted that ABC and its parent company, Disney, could face a loss of "tens of millions of dollars” for this cancellation. That price doesn't include the missed ad revenue which can be up to $60 million, according to Kantar Media. However, insiders denied the rumors and claimed that the loss will be significantly less.
ABC will have to find a way to compensate the cast and crew for the 13 episodes they were supposed to produce. Insiders and representatives for the stars, including Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, and John Goodman, recently negotiated new deals for the 11th season of Roseanne at $300,000 an episode (up from $250,000 a year before). Their rights must be respected and they should receive compensation for at least 10 episodes. If ABC opts not to pay them, "They'll lawyer up if they have to," a source with ties to the show told The Hollywood Reporter.
The lingering question is how ABC will compensate the writing staff. According to the writers’ representatives, they had to give up other job opportunities to work on Roseanne. "Everybody is a little bit on edge about how it's going to turn out,” said writer and executive producer Dave Caplan. A select few writers have a clause in their contracts saying they will receive a payment for a minimum of episodes regardless of whether anything gets produced. In this case, they will probably be compensated for 10 episodes as well. However, the majority of the writing staff will only be paid based on the number of episodes produced.
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Ben Sherwood sent an internal email to all of Roseanne's now-unemployed staff to apologize for the unfortunate situation. His email stated: "we're so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks to their remarkable talents, wish them well and hope to find another way to work together down the road.”