Asked whether she would vote for Oprah Winfrey — who fans are rallying behind as a plausible presidential candidate because of her Golden Globes speech on Sunday — or Susan Sarandon, Barr said she loves “Oprah like everybody else [but] I would be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, and possibly Donald Trump.” (Indeed, Barr did run in 2012.)
Barr’s outspokeness on stage may be part of the reason, as she admitted, that her children banned her from going on Twitter. “I did not want it to overshadow the show so I’m taking a break,” she said.
Nonetheless, Barr said she has mellowed to some degree: “I think that I’ve grown up, I’m a grandmother now,” she said. “Everybody who hits 65 is more mellow than when they were in their 40s. I am 65 years old now, and so happy I have Medicaid, or Medicare.”
There’s a bit of irony in that statement, given Trump’s move to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and desire by Republican leaders to dismantle the nation’s entitlement system. “The whole arc of this season is about health care,” Barr said.
As a parting statement, Barr ended the panel by adding, “I would like to see an end to ‘hate-riotism’ in this country.”
As for the show itself, reunited on the panel were John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Michael Fishman (DJ), Lecy Goranson (Becky 1) and Sarah Chalke (Becky 2, but now playing Andrea). Johnny Galecki (David) is expected to make an appearance in episode 6. Barr and Gilbert are executive producing, along with Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings, and Carsey-Werner’s Tom Werner.