‘Roseanne’ Reboot Cancelled by ABC After Racist Tweet

Roseanne Racist Tweet

Roseanne Reboot Cancelled by ABC After Racist Tweet

The ABC Network has canceled the “Roseanne” reboot on Tuesday hours after the show’s star and co-creator, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about a former top adviser to President Obama who is black.

Roseanne Barr posted a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former adviser to Mr. Obama early Tuesday, which said if:

roseanne barr racist tweet

“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Roseanne Barr later apologized and deleted the post:

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she wrote. “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.”

Ms. Barr also said she was “leaving Twitter.”

Hours later, ABC canceled her show citing:

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement.

Wanda Sykes, a fellow comedian who served as a consulting producer on “Roseanne” this season, said she was leaving the sitcom. Whitney Cummings — a showrunner for the revived comedy, had already left the series earlier this month.

On Tuesday, before she apologized, Ms. Barr had an exchange with Chelsea Clinton after Ms. Barr referred to Ms. Clinton as “Chelsea Soros Clinton,” a reference to George Soros, the billionaire liberal donor who is often the focus of conservative critics. Donald Trump Jr. shared one of Ms. Barr’s posts in the exchange.

Rev. Al Sharpton said comparing Ms. Jarret to an “APE is racist and inexcusable. ABC must take action NOW!” Tom Arnold, Ms. Barr’s former husband and co-star, called her Twitter posts “dangerous.” And the MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said, “There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show.”

Roseanne Barr, initially dismissed accusations that the comment was racist, defending it as “a joke.” She also said on Twitter, “ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”

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