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Michael Fishman Exits ABC’s ‘The Connors’

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Michael Fishman, who grew up as DJ Conner on sitcom “Roseanne”, will not be returning for the upcoming fifth season of spin-off “The Connors.”

“It has been my honor to play DJ Conner,” Michael Fishman said in a statement. “It’s every actor’s 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 biracial child, portrayed by the amazing Jayden Rey. While I was told I would not be returning for season five, Lanford was a valuable place to grow up, learn and develop.”

Fishman’s departure is no surprise; the actor was only present in about half of the episodes to-date for “The Connors” and mainly in a cameo capacity. Although there are no current plans for Fishman to appear in the upcoming fifth season, we’re told the door has been left open for the character’s return.