ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after racist Twitter rant

30 May, 2018, 06:15 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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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. It was particularly popular among many conservative viewers, because Barr's character expressed support for U.S. President Donald Trump.

ABC announced it was canceling Roseanne, which had already been renewed for a second season, following a tweet from Barr that has since been deleted from Barr comparing Jarrett, who is black, to Planet of the Apes.

Barr later apologized for the tweet, saying it was a "bad joke" and saying that she would be leaving the social media platform.

Meanwhile, Barr was dropped by agency ICM Partners, with which she had signed just last summer ahead of her return to network television.

In the past, ABC executives have privately said that they hold their noses when Barr tweets.

Some commenters connected her behavior to Trump-era intolerance and said ABC was helping to normalize racism by supporting her show.

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"Roseanne's recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show".

"There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing".

She later posted a statement in apology on Twitter, calling it a "bad taste joke". "Also, her context. Bill Maher's orangutan comment is a comparison of Trump's behavior and low intelligence that had nothing to do with race".

Dungey isn't new to the Disney-owned network. The former White House advisor, who was the subject of the sitcom star's racist tweet on Tuesday, May 29, spoke out after Roseanne was cancelled amid the backlash. "As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled", Kenney wrote on Twitter.

A rep for Barr did not previously respond to Fox News' request for comment. Prior to that, she held positions as finance chair of Obama's 2004 Senate campaign, treasurer of his political action committee and later co-chair of his transition team in 2008.


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