ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ After Racist Tweets

Well, she’s apologized, but that wasn’t good enough. ABC has cancelled its top-rated rebooted comedy, Roseanne, following a controversial tweet by its star, Roseanne Barr. The president of ABC Entertainment, confirmed the show’s cancellation in a blunt, straightforward statement… “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” The Chairman and CEO of Disney, which owns ABC tweeted that there was “no other choice.”

The swift decision came after Roseanne Barr tweeted a comment (now deleted) about former president Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. The tweet was widely considered racist, since Jarrett is an African-American woman and Roseanne Barr made a comparison to an ape. The assertion that she has a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, which she does not, also sparked anger on social media and calls to boycott or cancel the show. 

After the backlash, Roseanne followed up with an apology. “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. 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.”

The Roseanne reboot was the top-performing show on network TV, and was set to air its 11th season this fall.

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