TV show 'Roseanne' abruptly cancelled after star's racist tweet sparks furore

May 30, 2018, 06:18
TV show 'Roseanne' abruptly cancelled after star's racist tweet sparks furore

Sitcom star Roseanne Barr apologized on Tuesday for her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, in which she says the former Obama administration adviser is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.

In addition to ABC pulling reruns of Roseanne (the season finale aired on May 22), Paramount Network, CMT and TV Land have also pulled reruns of the original series off the air.

"The two have been going at it over creative differences, particularly when it comes to political dialogue that is in the script", the insider said in early April, referring to Barr's support of President Donald Trump.

In a response to a thread alleging Jarrett helped to hide Central Intelligence Agency spying, Barr wrote that the black adviser was the "baby" of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet Of The Apes. Later, Barr apologized, tweeting, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans".

"Ton of respect for Bob Iger", tweeted Arnold, who was married to Barr from 1990 to 1994, about Disney CEO, Bob Iger.

Wanda is a consulting producer on the sitcom for the rebooted season, but revealed on Twitter that she is off. "We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning", said a memo to company employees, according to the entertainment site.

But by early afternoon, ABC announced it had canceled the show, which was set to serve as the cornerstone of its fall schedule. "I'm really trying to breathe through it and stay in that dedicated-to-the-one-I-love mindset, but I gotta be honest with you, kind of hit my wall with this, kind of bummed out, kind of had it".

The president also publicly made remarks about the show referring to the private call he had with Barr to a group of supporters in OH in March. Barr then said she's leaving Twitter.

Jarrett, through spokesman Jordan Finkelstein, declined to comment. ABC is owned by Disney.

On Monday, one of her tweets said only "Chelsea Soros Clinton". President Trump called Barr to congratulate her after the first episode of the reboot scored record ratings. Now, just weeks later, viewers are calling for the show to be cancelled following the outcry caused by its star, Roseanne Barr, on Twitter.

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