ABC swiftly cancelled the show after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet this morning.
Roseanne Barr has been no stranger to controversy on social media. She has repeatedly gotten into spats with political liberals over her support from President Trump. Before she began her successful revival of her sitcom “Roseanne” she threatened to quit acting over fighting online.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey: 'Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show' https://t.co/xt0KAdFOKf #Roseanne pic.twitter.com/MfjSMabR8G
— Variety (@Variety) May 29, 2018
The decision to quit finally got made, but not by her. ABC has canceled her show after she attacked Valerie Jarrett, a top advisor to Obama calling her the baby of the Muslim Brotherhood and an ape.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest Islamist political party in Arab countries. While it has a violent past of nationalism, the party is mostly reformist preaching social responsibility and political activism in oppressive regimes, like Egypt. Conservatives have regularly attacked political enemies by attaching them to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The comments were immediately rejected by the cast and crew.
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
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey announced.
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
The show was expected to return for a second season after impressive ratings.