ABC cancels 'Roseanne' following Barr's racist tweet
Just hours right after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former President Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett, her wildly popular reboot of "Roseanne" was provided the boot.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey mentioned in a statement on Tuesday that the network would not be producing the show’s second season.
"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," Dungey told Fox News.
Tuesday&rsquos scheduled &ldquoRoseanne&rdquo rerun was replaced with a rerun of &ldquoThe Middle.&rdquo
A rep for Barr did not return Fox News’ request for comment. She was also dropped from her talent agency, ICM Partners.
The news comes after Barr went into emergency harm-control mode following a politically charged tweet she sent linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet saying Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran, is like the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a child."
The latter led to an virtually instant mea culpa, and a vow to by no means tweet again.
"I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am genuinely sorry for making a negative joke about her politics and her appears. I should have recognized much better. Forgive me &mdash my joke was in undesirable taste," she tweeted, after writing she was quitting Twitter.
Her account was deactivated for a period of time, just before reappearing with an old tweet with a glowing New York Times review of her hugely rated "Roseanne" reboot pinned to the leading of her Twitter feed.
In an MSNBC town-hall clip tweeted out by "11th Hour with Brian Williams," Jarrett responded to the backlash noting Roseanne’s support of Donald Trump may well be to blame for her inflammatory comments.
&ldquoTone does commence at the leading and we like to appear up to our president and feel as although he reflects the values of our country, but I also consider every single person citizen has a duty as well. And it&rsquos up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it," she says in the clip just before gesturing to Al Sharpton. "As reverend often taught me, folks on the inside have to push challenging and people on the outdoors have to listen."
Barr’s co-star Sara Gilbert shared her disappointment in the comedian’s tweet.
"Roseanne&rsquos current comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so a lot more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or any individual associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least," Gilbert tweeted just before ABC axed the show.
"Roseanne" star Emma Kinney also chimed in on Twitter, noting that she was going to leave the show had it not been canceled.
Original series star Michael Fishman tweeted a lengthy statement about the circumstance as nicely.
Consulting producer Wanda Sykes quit the show just hours prior to it was canceled.
Barr’s political views caused a headache for ABC in spite of many crediting the 65-year-old’s pro-Trump stance as the cause for the show’s success.
Barr opened up about the backlash over her conservative views to Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" in April.
&ldquoOh yeah, people are mad about that. But you know, I don&rsquot give a f—,&rdquo Barr told Fallon.
Barr has been open about depicting her iconic Tv character as a operating-class Trump supporter.
&ldquoI imply, everybody had to select for themselves, according to their own conscience, who they felt was the lesser of two evils,&rdquo she said of the 2016 election.
&ldquoYou know, everyone chose that, so I&rsquom not going to place anybody down who didn&rsquot vote like me. This is America, it&rsquos a free of charge country, and when you weigh it all collectively, I just felt like we required a entire new thing. All the way. Bottom to best.&rdquo
ABC announced in March that the reboot’s second season will be comprised of 13 new episodes, up from eight in the first installment but no air date was set.
After being off the air for more than two decades, the March 27 back-to-back episodes debuted with booming success, coming in with a 5.1 rating in the essential demographic of adults age 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers.
Fox News’ Shira Bush contributed to this report.
Published at Tue, 29 Could 2018 20:49:00 +0000