ABC’s decision to cancel “Roseanne” over a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr will be an expensive one for the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed.
“Per multiple insiders, reps for the stars, including Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman, who recently negotiated new deals for the 11th season at $300,000 an episode (up from $250,000 a year before), are expecting to still be compensated for at least 10 episodes of the season since, as many note, ‘Their options were exercised,'” THR reports. “Or at least that’s the case they intend to make if ABC opts not to pay them for the jettisoned season.”
The report quotes a source with ties to the show saying: “They’ll lawyer up if they have to.”
Doing the math, 10 episodes at $300,000 per translates to $3 million apiece for Gilbert, Metcalf and Goodman.
“What, if anything, the writers will receive remains less clear,” THR adds.