ABC’s new “Roseanne” spinoff, “The Conners,” had its season premiere on Tuesday night. Although it technically led the night’s television ratings, the show disappointed compared to its predecessor with a two-point-three rating and 10-point-five million viewers compared to the “Roseanne” reboot premiere’s 18-point-two million audience.

The show’s former star Roseanne Barr wasn’t pleased with the premiere episode, either, releasing a statement on Facebook saying that her death by opioid overdose led to an “unnecessarily grim” episode. Amid the disappointing numbers and her criticisms, the show’s stars appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about the show and wish her well.

“We understand she is hurting right now and she’s in pain… we really miss her and love her very much,” said Michael Fishman, who plays Barr’s on-screen son. “Hopefully we can see her and remedy some of this at some point, I hope.”When asked about fans that may be “on the fence” about diving into the new show after it’s first episode, Sara Gilbert implores fans to simply give it a try. “See if you like how we’ve handled things and tried to move forward,” she added. “I think you’ll find that we’re still trying to tell the same honest stories and hopefully you’ll connect.”John Goodman calls the experience of filming without Roseanne, “really weird.” “It was like there was a death in the family,” he continued. “We really missed her. We’re just thankful for the opportunity to be able to do it again.”

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