Things are bound to get nutty when Roseanne Barr makes her return to TV in a new reality series for Lifetime.
The new show, announced on Monday, will follow the comedienne as she runs her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.
“I’m coming back down to earth, and keeping it real. They’ve said ‘Roseanne’s nuts’ for years, and now I’m going to make that a reality – I’m all about nuts now, macadamia nuts!” the actress said in a press release, issued by Lifetime, on Monday.
The as-of-yet untitled half-hour docu-series will premiere on the cable channel later this year.
Roseanne currently lives on and manages a fully functional 40-acre macadamia and livestock farm on the Big Island, alongside her longtime boyfriend Johnny Argent and son Jake.
“Roseanne Barr is an undeniable force of nature and the idea of following her in this unique premise excited us from the get-go,” said Nancy Dubuc, Lifetime Networks’ President and General Manager. “Roseanne is funny and brutally-honest, and our audience will relate to her decision to go on this adventure and create an entirely new life for herself. We are thrilled she will make her long-awaited return to television on Lifetime.”
In the meantime, Roseanne paid a visit to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Monday for a candid chat, where the former sitcom star admitted she had regrets over her 1991 accusations against her parents of alleged sexual abuse.
“I think it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done,” Roseanne told Oprah. “It’s the biggest mistake that I’ve ever made.”
“Calling it incest? Or going public?” Oprah asked.
“Well, both of those things,” Roseanne said. “I think what happened was that—well, I know what happened was that I was in a very unhappy relationship. I was prescribed numerous psychiatric drugs. Incredible mixtures of psychiatric drugs to deal with the fact that I had, and still in some ways, have and always will have some mental illness. And the drugs and the combination of drugs that I was given, which were some strong, strong drugs, I totally lost touch with reality in a big, big way.”
While she didn’t necessarily recant her allegations of abuse, Roseanne said she was sorry for her choice of words in her revelation, as she discusses in her new book, “Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm.”
“I say in the book I was mistaken to use the word incest,” she told Oprah. “But I can’t really think of another word, and when I do, I’ll use it.”
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