ABC Network pulls “Roseanne” off the air after star Roseanne Barr’s racist Tweet
By: Sara Mayer, Xiro Xone News May 30, 2018 Updated: 1:07 AM PT
Tuesday, the ABC network in a surprise decision pulled the television comedy “Roseanne” after its star Roseanne Barr posted a tweet in which she compared a former Obama administration official, Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
The reboot of the 1990s hit “Roseanne” had become ABC’s most highly watched show and just completed it’s first season last week.
President Donald Trump even touted the shows high viewership as evidence of his supporters.
In the since deleted tweet, Barr wrote that if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj”.
The network took swift and immediate action and cancelled the show followed by a statement made by ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Dungey said.
Disney CEO Bob Iger, shared Dungey's statement on Twitter and added the comment, "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Barr’s talent agency ICM also released a statement saying it will no longer represent Barr.
"We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning. What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client,” the statement said.
Before ABC announced its decision to cancel the show, Wanda Sykes, who served as a consulting producer on the show, tweeted that she would not be returning in the wake of Barr's comments.
In an attempt at damage control Barr, apologized for making what she referred as a “bad joke” about the Iranian born American Jarrett.
Barr also tweeted an apology to Jarrett that she was "very sorry to have hurt you. I hope you can accept this sincere apology!"
Jarrett, commenting about the incident, said, "We have to turn it into a teaching moment." She said an MSNBC town hall event, "Everyday Racism in America."
During the broadcast she also said,“I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense.”