‘Roseanne’ reboot canceled following Barr’s racist Twitter post
The reboot of the family comedy show “Roseanne” has been canceled after Roseanne Barr, the star of the series, posted a racist tweet Tuesday about ex-President Barack Obama’s former adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Channing Dungey, the head of ABC Entertainment, said in a short statement that Barr’s tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values” and that the company decided to cancel her show.
Robert Iger, the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, also shared the statement on Twitter, saying it was “the right thing” to do.
Barr’s tweet, which was posted Tuesday morning but since has been deleted, referred to Jarrett as the “offspring of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.’”
Shortly after the tweet was made, Barr issued an apology to Jarrett, calling it a “bad joke about her politics and her looks” that was “made in bad taste” and said she was quitting Twitter.
The tweet about Jarrett was one of many bizarre, racist or anti-Semitic tweets Barr made on Tuesday. She also accused Chelsea Clinton of being married to a family member of investor and billionaire George Soros and called Soros a “nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 (sic) be murdered in German concentration camps and stole their wealth.”
The fallout from the Twitter incident was quick: Shortly after Barr posted her tweet about Jarrett, Wanda Sykes, the show’s former consulting producer, said that she would not be returning to the show.
Sara Gilbert, who portrayed Barr’s daughter Darlene Conner on the show, said in a tweet that Barr’s comments were “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.”
Emma Kinney, who played Harris Conner, Barr’s granddaughter, on the sitcom, also tweeted out a statement on Tuesday.
“Roseanne” made its revival this spring after being broadcast on ABC from 1988 to 1997.
The network announced in 2017 that it would produce a tenth season of the series, which premiered on March, 27, 2018 to more than 25 million people.
ABC announced on March 30 that the series would be renewed for an eleventh season due to the success of the premiere.
The show was popular among many conservative viewers because Barr’s character expressed support for President Donald Trump.
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