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Roseanne Barr on conversation with Trump: ‘He’s just happy for me’

Roseanne Barr says she chatted about “television and ratings” in a congratulatory phone call with President Trump following the premiere of her self-titled sitcom.

“Roseanne” debuted to stellar ratings for ABC on Tuesday, reportedly averaging 18.1 million viewers to the politically charged show. Barr plays a Trump supporter on the show who clashes politically with her family. In real life, Barr has expressed support for Trump.

“We just kind of had a private conversation, but we talked about a lot of things and he’s just happy for me,” Barr said in a Thursday interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” describing her chat a day earlier with the commander in chief.

The conversation between the TV star and Trump was first reported by The New York Times.


“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,” Barr, 65, continued.

“He really understands ratings and how they measure things,” Barr said of the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star-turned-president. “And that’s kind of been an interest of mine too.”

The first episode of the rebooted show — which originally aired from 1988 to 1997 — featured Barr’s character feuding with her sister, Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf.

Jackie greets Roseanne while sporting a “Nasty Woman” shirt and says, “What’s up, deplorable?”

“The idea that people can agree to disagree is kind of missing from everything,” said comedy veteran Barr, who made a 2012 White House bid as the Peace and Freedom Party’s candidate.

“I really hope that it opens up civil conversation between people,” Barr added, “instead of just mudslinging.”

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