February 4th, 2011

How Roseanne executive producer Jeff Harris announced his resignation after a couple of years of lion-taming dealing with Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold:

March 27, 1990

To my friends at Carsey-Werner Company, ABC, to the cast, crew and staff of "Roseanne":

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you.

I have chosen not to return to the show next season. Instead, my wife and I have decided to share a vacation in the relative peace and quiet of Beirut.

Executive Producer

[To my mind all the backstage turmoil was worth it, unpleasant as it may have been for some of the individuals directly involved. For its first few seasons – ie until The Larry Sanders Show and Frasier turned up in 1992 and 1993 respectively – Roseanne was by some margin the funniest mainstream US sitcom around.]

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