Trump congratulates Roseanne on her TV ratings
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE called Roseanne Barr on Wednesday night to congratulate her for the successful return of her show “Roseanne,” which debuted on ABC with a two-episode premiere on Tuesday with an average 18.1 million viewers.

Barr is a vocal supporter of Trump, and also plays a supporter on the show.

The New York Times first reported the call.


“We just kind of had a private conversation but we talked about a lot of things and he’s just happy for me,” Barr later told ABC’s “Good Morning America" of the call.

“I’ve known him for many years and he’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years. And it was just a friendly conversation about working, and television, and ratings,” she said.

Barr promoted the show, a reboot of the classic sitcom that aired from 1988 to 1997, as a comedy about a working class family divided by politics

“It was the working-class people who elected Trump,” Barr said at a Television Critics Association event in January. “I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed, and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American."

Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE, also praised the show on Wednesday in a tweet where he suggested the ratings success showed “some demand for an alternate viewpoint” on TV.

-Updated 9:26 a.m.