'Roseanne' Canceled After Star's Racially Charged Tweet About Valerie Jarrett
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent," ABC said.
ABC has canceled "Roseanne" after its star posted racially charged tweets.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC president Channing Dungey said in a statement Tuesday.
The cancellation comes a day after star Roseanne Barr shot off a racially charged tweet aimed at a former aide to President Obama. It came in response to an online claim that Obama spied on French presidential candidates while he was commander in chief.
Barr posted that Valerie Jarrett looks like "Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby." The tweet was later deleted.
After the tweet, comic Wanda Sykes, who is a consulting producer and writer on the sitcom revival, announced she would not be returning to the show.
Barr apologized Tuesday morning following intense backlash and said it was "a joke" and "in bad taste."
She also announced she was leaving Twitter.
Her co-star, Sarah Gilbert slammed the comments on Twitter.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jarrett addressed the controversy at a town hall appearance for MSNBC where she said she was "fine" and saw the situation as a way to turn it "into a teaching moment."
"Avengers: Infinity War" actor Don Cheadle also responded to the controversy, saying, “You can take @RoseanneOnABC out of racism but you can’t take the racism out of @therealroseanne."
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Barr’s comments were racist and ABC must "take action."
Actress Patricia Arquette said she was “repulsed” by Barr’s so-called "joke."
Even Barr’s former husband, actor Tom Arnold, took to Twitter to slam her tweet as "dangerous."
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