ABC cancels Roseanne over racial tweet


Former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, the subject of a racist tweet from Roseanne Barr, has responded to the actor's remark, calling it a "teaching moment".

After her tweet, Barr swore off Twitter (again), then returned with a series of apologies: to Jarrett, her fans and the people who work for her.

She has also served in local government in Chicago and is a lawyer and businesswoman.

The "Roseanne" reboot was ABC's biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drawing an average 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory".

This is a bold move from the network which has been searching for new hits.

Others were not so happy, and criticized the network for canceling the show. "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj", Barr wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

The sitcom star had earlier apologized to African-American former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, for what she called a "bad joke". "I hope you can accept this honest apology!" she wrote in a tweet to Jarrett.

Barr replied, "i feel bad for @POTUS-he goes thru this every single day".

Barr was quickly condemned.

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Following Ms Barr's tweet, one of Roseanne's consulting producers, Wanda Sykes, said she would not be returning to the show.

Yet in the middle of the night on Wednesday she began lashing out at co-stars who publicly spoke out against the tweet that ultimately cost them all their jobs. On Tuesday, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey released a statement in response to the situation. Disney chief executive Robert Iger tweeted his approval: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing". Sherwood even joked then: "If anyone came to play a drinking game based on how many times we mention 'Roseanne, ' you're welcome".

Castmembers Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert, and Emma Kenney, voiced their disgust - with the latter declaring that she had chose to quit the show before ABC pulled the plug.

The NAACP applauded ABC's actions on Tuesday. "Dungey for placing the values of diversity, inclusion and respect for humanity above ratings".

She also said Viacom has cancelled all re-runs of her original show.

The Conner family feud makes it all the more unlikely Roseanne could manage a return to the air. A racist one. ABC made a choice.

The agency ICM Partners has announced that it no longer represents the interests of the limelight because of his tweet as "disgraceful and unacceptable".

"Roseanne" executive producer and co-show-runner Bruce Helford said he was "personally horrified and saddened" by Barr's comments, and they don't reflect the values of the people who worked incredibly hard to create an unbelievable show.