Embattled comedian Roseanne Barr says she "begged" ABC to not cancel her hit television show after she was lambasted for posting a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama.
In a Twitter rant Thursday that has since been deleted, the comedian said she pleaded with Disney-ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood to spare her sitcom's celebrated revival.
"I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends," she tweeted. "I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs."
The posts were the latest in a series of rants from the TV star since her series was canceled Tuesday. The decision was made following Barr's tweet that Jarrett looked like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” Jarrett, an African-American, was born in Iran to American parents.
Sherwood asked, "What were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: 'What u have done is egregious, and unforgivable,'" Barr wrote Thursday. "I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg."
She also wrote she was ashamed of what her 8-year-old African-American co-star, Jayden Rey, would think of her.
"The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew 2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American," Barr tweeted. "It's the most gawd awful painful thing. I can't let myself cave in tho."
Barr was seen in public Thursday for the first time since losing her job. She was photographed by paparazzi walking near her Salt Lake City home, smoking cigarettes and talking on her cell phone.
When asked for comment, she said, "I believe in one law for all people. I love all people. Have a nice day."