Roseanne Alum Michael Fishman Leaving The Conners After 4 Seasons

Published on August 30, 2022.

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Roseanne alum Michael Fishman is exiting The Conners after four seasons.

PEOPLE has confirmed that the concluding story arc for his character, D.J., will be addressed in the upcoming fifth season. The door will reportedly remain open if the actor chooses to return to the show one day.

“It has been my honor to play D.J. Conner,” Fishman shared with PEOPLE in a statement. “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 castmates, while reaching fans in meaningful ways has profoundly impacted my life. I am proud of the work I did as part of Roseanne and The Conners. Especially the privilege of playing a Military Veteran, Interracial Spouse, and the father of a Bi-racial child, portrayed by the amazing Jayden Rey.”

Fishman continued, “I pride myself on professionalism, building lifelong connections and meaningful friends through production. Demonstrating my skills through the first few years of The Conners culminating in the opportunity to Direct ‘Halloween’ and ‘The Election vs. The Pandemic.’ That successful collaboration earned me four more opportunities as a Director last season. I achieved a dream with lifelong friends, propelling me toward another aspect of my career that comes with endless possibilities.”

“While I wholeheartedly will miss Friday night tapings in front of our loyal audiences, alongside our amazing cast and crew, I am excited for the opportunities coming in the next chapter of my career,” Fishman added. “I have a number of projects I am pitching as a writer, and am negotiating my next directing opportunities. Although I no longer have the privilege to portray D.J., my desire, passion, and skill of bringing characters to life as an actor continues. I appreciate all those who support and have supported my work.”

The actor concluded: “While I was told I would not be returning for season 5, Lanford was a valuable place to grow up, learn and develop. 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 production.”

The Conners returns Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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