Sara Gilbert Gets Emotional Over 'Roseanne' Reception: 'It's Just Unbelievable'
Sara Gilbert has a lot of love and appreciation for the fans who tuned in to the premiere of the Roseanne revival on Tuesday in record numbers.
The Talk co-host opened up about the show's phenomenal ratings and impressive critical response while chatting with her fellow panelists on Thursday, and recalled how she felt in the run-up to the show's return.
"You're always nervous before you do something, and we're so grateful to the fans," Gilbert said of the show's unexpectedly powerful ratings. "I mean it's just unbelievable."
"I was flying on the day of the premiere and I was kind of watching the clock and I was like 'Oh it's coming on in New York, oh it's coming on in Chicago,'" the 43-year-old recalled. "When I got to Los Angeles, I was almost home and I was in the car and I was like, 'oh my god it's 8:01, it's on in Los Angeles!'"
Gilbert -- who plays Roseanne (Rosanne Barr) and Dan Conner's (John Goodman) daughter Darlene Conner on the show -- was 13 years old when the series premiered in October 1988, and stayed on as a main character for all 9 years of the show's original run.
The actress and day-time talk show host said her intimate history with the celebrated sitcom made its return all the more emotional.
"I could cry now just thinking about it," Gilbert shared. "It's been so many years. You know, it's my childhood...it's just amazing to watch."
The Roseanneseason 10 premiere impressed many critics and was watched by over 18.44 million people, making it one of the highest rated comedy broadcasts in years.
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Roseanne airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The Talk airs weekdays at 1 p.m. PT, 2 p.m. ET on CBS.
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