Unfortunately, while Roseanne has been a hugely successful hit both then and now, it reached the end of its life in May 2018 when it was canceled amidst a wave of scandal. The lead actress, Roseanne Barr, has come under fire for her outrageous actions and forced the network into a position they could not back out of. It’s a shame that it had to come to this, but it’s not the first time it’s happened.
Although poor ratings are usually the main reason why TV shows get canceled, the behavior of its cast behind the scenes can sometimes play a part. Sitcom Grace Under Fire was canceled in 1998 due to the actions of Brett Butler, although the process wasn’t quite as sudden as Roseanne. For several years, the show struggled through the actress’ substance abuse, eventually pulling the plug when it was clear its glory days were over. During her time on the show, Butler was repeatedly inappropriate with her fellow cast members, which reportedly included exposing herself.
Likewise, drama series Wisdom of the Crowd received a similar fate following the accusations of assault thrown at the show’s star Jeremy Piven. The series didn’t even make it through its first season before being axed after four women came forward with their allegations. This was only half a year before Roseanne was canceled, and shows a worrying decline in the behavior of some of our favorite TV stars.
Should we have seen this coming? With Roseanne, perhaps. There have been several incidents throughout the sitcom’s run that have shown the actress to be a controversial personality. Her behavior behind the scenes has landed her on the wrong side of many people, and we can’t believe we didn’t know these secrets until now.