It was widely believed that the new show would kill off Barr’s character, a rumor Goodman seemed to either confirm or speculate could be true.
Asked of his character, Dan’s, future in the new series, Goodman said, “I guess he’ll be mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
He also defended Barr saying he knows “for a fact that she’s not a racist.”
After the new series was picked up, the remaining cast members released a joint statement thanking fans for the “tremendous amount of support.”
“It’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” the statement said.
Goodman said he has not had contact with Barr since the controversy, aside from an email he sent her after she agreed to relinquish her rights to the series.
“I sent her an email and thanked her for that. I did not hear anything back, but she was going through hell at the time,” he said. “And she’s still going through hell.”
“The Conners” will premiere on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.