The Conners’ Michael Fishman Exits the Comedy Ahead of Season 5


D.J. is out the door.

Michael Fishman, who starred as D.J. on all 10 seasons of Roseanne and all four seasons of spin-off The Conners, will not return for season five in the fall.

“It has been my honor to play D.J. Conner,” Fishman told People. “It’s every actors dream to be a series regular, especially on a groundbreaking show, where we tackle significant topics. The opportunity to do comedy and drama alongside iconic cast mates, while reaching fans in meaningful ways has profoundly impacted my life.”

Fishman originated the role of D.J. on Roseanne in October 1988. While no immediate reason for Fishman’s departure has been given, E! News has learned the series is leaving the door open for possible guest appearances in the future.

“I am proud of the work I did as part of Roseanne and The Conners,” Fishman continued. “Especially the privilege of playing a military veteran, interracial spouse and the father of a bi-racial child, portrayed by the amazing Jayden Rey.”

Rey, who plays D.J.’s daughter Mary, will still return as a series regular in season five.

In addition, regular cast members John Goodman, Laurie MetcalfSara Gilbert and Lecy Goranson are also expected to be back.

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