Roseanne Barr says she has an ulterior motive for doing a reality television series.
"I have to do a reality show in order to run for president of these United States," she claims. The idea is that Roseanne's Nuts, her new "celebreality" show on Lifetime, airing 8 p.m. Wednesday, gives her the much-needed face time to help launch her 2012 campaign.
"That is my goal," she says.
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Not that anyone should believe a word that this former titan of prime-time comedy says. After all, her new show, which chronicles Roseanne's misadventures on a 40-acre macadamia nut/livestock farm in Hawaii, is "100 percent fake reality, like all reality TV," she says. And the wisecracking, abrasive, erratic persona that viewers see onscreen, she adds, "is kind of a fake version of myself."
1 What compelled you to return to TV with this particular show?
I was ready for it. I just wanted to do some comedy, making people laugh with really silly, stupid stuff. It's something I love doing. It's been a blast, really fun to work again. A radical, fun experience.
2 In one episode, you were talking to the camera and there was a blurry spot onscreen, concealing what appeared to be a wardrobe malfunction. What did you think of that scene when you saw it?
That made me mad and I tried to make them take it out. I had shorts on, and when I sat down, they kind of rode up. I was really angry [when the producers altered the image onscreen], because it looked like I didn't have any underwear. But then they convinced me that it was funny, so I let it go. But I did indeed have shorts on. They go to my knees except for when I sit down. Then they get really short.
3 How did you meet Johnny, your longtime beau and your constant companion on the show?
I met him through the Internet on my website, roseanneworld.com. So many people have come there and fallen in love. It's a great dating place. I'm not kidding. I've made some nice matches over there. And I happen to be one of them.
4 Any concern that the reality-show curse might lead to a breakup, as it has on other reality shows?
Well, I might want to break up with Johnny over this reality show. Seriously! Because he's annoying me, man. He doesn't do a damn thing [on the farm]. We fight all the time. But the truth of it is Johnny and I are having a blast inventing all these funny things to do on TV.
5 What do you like about living in Hawaii that you didn't like about Los Angeles?
There's a great sense of community over there. All the neighbors pitch in and go help each other, and I think that's cool. I had been away from that for a while, so it was really great to remember that Americans can be really helpful, community-based people, especially in the hard times.