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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
ABC CANCELS 'Roseanne' After Barr's Racist Tweet
Just hours after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, her wildly popular reboot of "Roseanne" was given the boot.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement on Tuesday that the network would not be producing the show's second season.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," Dungey told Fox News.
A rep for Barr did not return Fox News' request for comment.
The news comes after Barr went into emergency damage-control mode after sending out a politically charged tweet linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet saying former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran, is like the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby."
The latter led to an almost immediate mea culpa, and a vow to never tweet again.
"I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste," she tweeted, after writing she was quitting Twitter.
Her account was deactivated for a period of time, before reappearing with an old tweet with a glowing New York Times review of her highly-rated "Roseanne" reboot pinned to the top of her Twitter feed.
Barr's co-star Sara Gilbert shared her disappointment in the comedian's tweet.
"Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least," Gilbert tweeted just before ABC axed the show.
This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.
“Oh yeah, people are mad about that. But you know, I don’t give a f---,” Barr told Fallon.
Barr has been open about depicting her iconic TV character as a working-class Trump supporter.
“I mean, everybody had to choose for themselves, according to their own conscience, who they felt was the lesser of two evils,” she said of the 2016 election.
“You know, everybody chose that, so I’m not going to put anybody down who didn’t vote like me. This is America, it’s a free country, and when you weigh it all together, I just felt like we needed a whole new thing. All the way. Bottom to top.”