Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after 'abhorrent' tweet

ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after 'abhorrent' tweet

ABC has canceled the reboot of the sitcom Roseanne just hours after TV star Roseanne Barr tweeted racist comments about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr had kicked off her day tweeting that Chelsea Clinton is married to George Soros' nephew...

Following the Jarrett tweet, "Roseanne" consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she wouldn't be returning to the show.

Of course, as many pointed out, the tweet wasn't a "bad joke about her politics and her looks"; it was an attack that employed centuries-old racist language.

In a statement, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called the Twitter statement "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values". Barr's tweet has since been deleted.

President Donald Trump has latched onto the show's huge viewership as evidence that his supporters, which include Barr, want shows that speak to their concerns. I should have known better.


Barr's tweets came a week after the season finale of the Roseanne revival, which has been picked up for a second season after breaking ratings records.

Born to American parents in Shiraz, Iran, where her father ran a children's hospital, Jarrett and her family moved back to the United States when she was 7 years old. Barr received backlash for the comment and was accused of racism. What "leaving Twitter" means is unclear. Its first new episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television.

The company's top executive tweeted his thoughts Tuesday afternoon shortly after the network announced it would drop the show. She also said she is leaving Twitter. "My joke was in bad taste".

Reps for ABC have not yet replied to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

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