ABC star Roseanne Barr, whose Roseanne revival only launched this spring, has lost her show after making a racist comment on Twitter.
In a now-deleted tweet on Monday morning, Barr compared Obama official Valeria Jarrett to someone in the Muslim Brotherhood mixed with a character out of Planet of the Apes. The tweet was deleted, but as with everything on the internet, a screenshot will keep the terrible remark alive forever:
Barr quickly deleted the tweet and apologized, but the damage had already been done:
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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
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The disturbing remark has caused waves of backlash. Hours after the remark, ABC’s President of Entertainement, Channing Dungey, announced that the show has been canceled:
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” she said.
The decision is significant, given the show is ABC’s most popular. It had been renewed for another season thanks to the high ratings.
Added Disney CEO Robert Iger, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Some, including director Ava DuVernay, are pointing out how the decision to cancel the series was made by a woman of color:
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 29, 2018
Earlier, co-star and executive producer Sara Gilbert tweeted the following against Barr:
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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. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.
— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
And Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer, said she would no longer work on the show:
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
Barr, an outspoken conservative, has had a history of inappropriate remarks on Twitter and in interviews.