The mystery of the original Roseanne couch’s location has been resolved.
John Goodman, one of the sitcom’s stars, previously said it was in the Smithsonian Institution – but his leading lady Roseanne Barr eventually found out it was not, and revealed that she had no idea who actually has it.
The couch turns out to be at a Los Angeles warehouse being looked after by Museum Of TV curator James Comisar, TMZ reported.
Throwback: The mystery of the original Roseanne couch’s location has been resolved
Comisar has been assiduous in his regard for the couch’s safety, controlling its lighting, climate and humidity conditions.
In fact, it was this concern that prevented the sofa from appearing on the sitcom’s revival, which premiered Wednesday to massive ratings.
Barr’s co-star Sara Gilbert – whom Barr told The Wendy Williams Show was crucial in reuniting the cast – apparently got in touch with Comisar for the couch.
According to Comisar, he would only give ABC the couch under stringent conditions, which were meant to keep the furniture item safe.
The way they were: John Goodman, one of the sitcom’s stars, previously said it was in the Smithsonian Institution – but his colleague Roseanne Barr eventually found out it was not
The upshot is that no deal was successfully reached, so a new version of the couch was cobbled together for the revival.
Roseanne originally ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997 – after which the sofa spent years on end in a production warehouse.
Someone involved with the sitcom later purchased the couch and then transferred it for safekeeping to Comisar – whose ambition is to eventually house his over 10,000 items of TV memorabilia in an actual museum.
When Barr and Goodman appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, Goodman dished of the couch: ‘The Smithsonian Institute has the real one, and they wouldn’t – they wanted too much scratch for it.’
Safekeeping: The couch turns out to be at a Los Angeles warehouse being looked after by Museum Of TV curator James Comisar, TMZ reported
However, this Thursday, Barr gave an interview to Wendy Williams and revealed that she had discovered the couch was not at the Smithsonian.
‘The Smithsonian called us, ’cause that’s what we thought, and they called, they said: “Your couch is not here,” so I don’t know where in the hell it is,’ said Barr.
She quipped: ‘Somebody probably chopped it up for firewood.’
The revival, which generated huge buzz for its handling of America’s current political divide, earned 18.2 million viewers per its Live+Same Day Nielsen ratings Wednesday and has already been renewed, Deadline reported.
Ass seen now: The upshot is that no deal was successfully reached between Comisar and ABC, so a new version of the couch was cobbled together for the revival