Roseanne Cancelled After Racially-Charged Tweet on Former Barack Obama Staffer

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A tweet by Roseanne Barr comparing a former Barack Obama staffer to the offspring of “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes” caused the cancellation of her show.

Roseanne, the reboot of the sitcom from the late 1980s, had just wrapped up its first season back before Barr’s tweet today insulting Valerie Jarrett, according to Variety. Barr has since apologized for the now-deleted tweet.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr tweeted. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”

Out comedian Wanda Sykes, who was a contributing producer on the reboot’s first season, tweeted before the cancellation she would not be coming back for another season according to The Hill.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

According to Variety, Barr’s show had finished as the top scripted primetime television show among 18- to 49-year-olds. Roseanne was scheduled for 13 episodes in what would have been the show’s eleventh season this fall.

Barr said she would be leaving Twitter in a post to her account.


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