‘Roseanne’ Cancelled by ABC After Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweet
That's a wrap for Roseanne — thanks to Roseanne Barr. The hit revival of the 1980s sitcom has been cancelled by ABC after the show's star posted a racist tweet on Tuesday, May 29.
"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, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier today, Roseanne shared a since-deleted tweet aimed at Valerie Jarrett, one of former President Barack Obama's top aides. "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
She then apologized for her hurtful words. "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," she said on the social media platform. Roseanne then shared she'd be quitting Twitter. "I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter," she wrote on the social media platform."
Shortly after Roseanne announced its cancellation, Roseanne was also dropped by her agency, ICM Partners. "We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning," an internal memo to the company read, according to Deadline. "What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client."
As for the cast of the sitcom, Wanda Sykes immediately backed out of the show after Roseanne's tweets. Sara Gilbert — who played Roseanne's daughter, Darlene Conner, in the series — also spoke out about the unfortunate happenings.
"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. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least," she wrote. "This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member," Sara added.
Emma Kenney, who played Sara Gilbert's daughter, Harris, also reacted to the cancellation. "I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes, Channing Dungey, and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever." she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. She added, "I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable."
This story is developing.