During a speech on infrastructure in Richfield, Ohio, Thursday, the president boasted about the ratings for the “Roseanne” reboot, which premiered Tuesday.
“Look at Roseanne! I called her yesterday! Look at her ratings!” Trump said.
“I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did ‘The Apprentice,’ he’s a great guy. He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you: Did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?’ They were unbelievable! Over 18 million people! And it was about us! They haven’t figured it out! The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet…But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
Unlike the White House’s inauguration turnout estimates, Trump got the viewership numbers correct: 18.2 million people tuned into ABC Tuesday night, 10 percent more than for the “Roseanne” series finale 21 years ago.
The super-sized pilot focused heavily on politics, pitting Trump-supporting Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) against “Nasty Woman” sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf).
After the wild success of the first episode, Trump personally called Barr, one of the most outspoken conservatives in Hollywood, which she called “very sweet.”
“We talked about a lot of things. He’s just happy for me. I’ve known him for many years. He’s done a lot of nice things for me over the years,” the actress said on “Good Morning America” Thursday.
“It was just a friendly conversation about working and television and ratings. He really understands ratings and how they measure things.”
Others outside of the White House, however, were not as pleased with Barr’s newfound success, especially considering her political opinions that she frequently promotes on social media, including recently promoting conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting survivors.
“She was a birther. She said that Hillary Clinton and Democrats were running a child sex ring in a pizza store — a conspiracy theory which inspired a madman with a gun to shoot up the store. It has nothing to do with the quality of the show,” comedian Billy Eichner tweeted.
“She’s dangerous and demented and the success of the show will only help to embolden her, increase and normalize her platform. I loved the show as a kid but plenty of other shows to watch now.”
“Shameless” star Emmy Rossum had similar criticism.
“Some reviews I’ve been reading that Rosanne is attempting to bridge the gap in this country thru comedy are interesting … but I’m sorry, anyone who voted for A WALL is not trying to BRIDGE anything,” she tweeted.
“Roseanne on Jimmy Kimmel about Trump: ‘let’s try to think positive.’ Well, actions speak louder. The Wall. The transgender military ban. The normalization of lying. The demonizing of the press. The rise in hate crimes. The POSITIVE is the MIDTERM ELECTIONS.”
“Big Sick” writer Kumail Nanjiani said he couldn’t “bring myself to watch a person who mocks teens whose friends were murdered, who traffics in conspiracy theories that damage our world & reality.”
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