AceShowbiz - Roseanne Barr is planning to move to Israel to study and avoid the new spin-off to her cancelled TV sitcom.
Roseanne sparked outrage back in May when she tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to U.S. President Barack Obama who is African-American, was the result of the "Muslim brotherhood" and "planet of the apes having a baby".
The hit revival of her family sitcom Roseanne was cancelled by ABC TV bosses due to her offensive tweet - and the Jewish star has now revealed plans to leave the U.S. and move to Israel.
"I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favourite teachers over there, and that's where I'm going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favourite teachers," she told Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on his podcast on Sunday, September 02. "I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky I can go. It's my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman."
After the scandal, which Roseanne blamed on her consumption of Ambien sleeping pills, she relinquished her rights to the franchise, and ABC executives have now brought back the remaining cast for a spin-off, titled The Conners - which will air from October. However, the 65-year-old will not be watching the new show, lest it triggers her mental health issues.
"I'm not going to curse it or bless it," she explained. "I'm staying neutral. That's what I do. I'm staying neutral. I'm staying away from it. Not wishing bad on anyone, and I don't wish good for my enemies. I don't. I can't. I just stay neutral. That's what I gotta do. I have some mental health issues of depression and stuff. I got to stay in the middle or I'll go dark, and I don't want to go dark again."
During her appearance on the podcast, Roseanne also said that although she was personally sorry for her offensive tweet, she regretted apologising because it allowed enemies who would "never forgive" to put her "in the same box" as virulent racists.