The way Roseanne tells the story, it's just as well that the Big Three networks all passed on a spinoff of her hit series, which she recently pitched as a star vehicle for herself.

"Actually, I was relieved," she told today's New York Times. "Everybody started rattling my chains, 'Maybe we'll do another season.' I said, 'Make me an offer I can't refuse.' And they didn't. So it's over. My heart wasn't in it anyway."

Roseanne said that she now thinks of herself primarily as a writer, not a performer. And, after a run as the Wicked Witch in a stage version of The Wizard of Oz in Madison Square Garden from May 7 to June 1, she plans to take a lot of time to focus on writing. "So I think I'm going to take a year or so to like, recharge and open up again, without saying anything, figure out what I'm supposed to say now."

At 44, she looks back on her TV series--set to go dark after the May 20 episode after nine years--as an achievement in bringing a working-class point of view to television.

"Nobody has really be able to replicate the family or class thing on television and you know why? Because none of 'em are from there...I grew up a working-class woman...Those women inspired me. These women are thousands of times stronger and more open and tolerant and more filled with personal power than those women at the top."

Another social group she despises: network executives. "I was the one woman in their lives who didn't accommodate them, and you could see the meltdown."

If the idea of Roseanne spending a year "without saying anything" seems remote--she's also considering some proposals to host a talk show.

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