More than a week after Michael Fishman announced his exit from The Conners, one of the series’ executive producers unveiled how the character of D.J. Conner will be given its departure from the show in season 5.
Fishman portrayed D.J., son of Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman), in all nine seasons of Roseanne and returned to the role in its 2018 spin-off The Conners.
However, when the show returns for another season this month, D.J. will not be seen in Lanford and will be reuniting with a special someone: his wife, Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson), a lieutenant in the army whose post is located overseas.
“She was involved in the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and she is still overseas on assignment, so he is going to be going over and spending time with his wife,” Conners executive producer Bruce Helford said in an interview with TV Line.
“It does get addressed in the first few episodes.”
Fishman is Welcome in The Conners
Following her first appearance in The Conners season 1, Geena was written off the series through her deployment to Afghanistan when Robinson departed the production to play a role in the CBS sitcom The Unicorn. Finally, though, the actress briefly returned in the season finale of the third installment.
And the same as Robinson, it seems like the returnee door for the Conners household is wide open for Fishman.
“We love him,” Helford stated. “He’s part of the family. There’s certainly no one saying he will never be on the show [again]. It’s just a matter of whether storylines come up that are built for that.”
After the news of Fishman’s departure, Fishman said it had been his “honor to play D.J. Conner.”
“While I was told I would not be returning for season 6, Lanford was a valuable place to grow up, learn, and develop,” he continued.
“I was incredibly lucky to return home and demonstrate my expansion. As I venture into the world to build the future, I send tremendous love and success to everyone involved in the production.”
The Conners Season 5, which also stars Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf, will premiere on September 21 on ABC.
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