It turns out Roseanne Barr didn’t let Roseanne get canceled without any effort following her racist tweet. In a since-deleted post from the actress, she claimed she begged ABC not to cancel the hit sitcom following her bad taste on social media.
“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC to let me apologize and make amends,” she wrote. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything and asked for help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity for them for free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged for people’s jobs.”
Earlier this week, Roseanne expressed how upset she was that her two main co-stars, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, lost their jobs. “I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me — Laurie and John,” the 65-year-old wrote. “I’m so sick over this — they will never have better character actors on their network.”
Roseanne was canceled on Tuesday, May 29, after Roseanne tweeted “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj” about one of Barack Obama’s former top aides Valerie Jarrett. ABC Chief Channing Dungey soon followed up with a statement announcing the show was booted off the network. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” he said at the time.
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Shortly after, Roseanne took to Twitter to apologize to fans and blame the sleep drug Ambien for her actions. “Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!! I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” she wrote. “Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting — it was memorial day too — I went [too] far and do not want it defended. It was egregious Indefensible [sic]. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but… don’t defend it please.”
Since the cancellation, many of the show’s cast members have spoken out to express their dismay. On top of that, many fans are pitching Roseanne spin-offs without Roseanne in them. Do you think the show will end up getting picked up by another network?