Network executives over at ABC announced they officially canceled Roseanne Barr’s show following her tweets regarding the former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett. In a statement released today, ABC said they would shut down the series for good.
Roseanne had developed a reputation for being controversial with her new show, frequently inspiring the ire of cultural critics and writers in mainstream publications including the Chicago Tribune. However, her tendency to be transgressive ended up being what finished her career.
The news of the show’s cancelation came after Roseanne made a comment on social media which linked Chelsea Clinton to George Soros and also Valerie Jarrett to the “Muslim Brotherhood and planet of the apes.” Specifically, the Roseanne star said, Valerie was like the “Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes had a baby.”
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
Following her tweet, Roseanne had to say sorry almost immediately and attempted to do damage control, but it was too late, the impact was already made.
After her public apology, the Roseanne star said she would be quitting Twitter, for the second time.
NYT WRITER UNDERSTANDS MY WORK!! https://t.co/qYzCDnLhQy
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 17, 2018
Roseanne didn’t have a Twitter account for several weeks but then reappeared again to post about how a New York Times writer liked her show.
In a tweet we have for you above, Roseanne claimed the writer, unlike everyone else in the mainstream media, understood Roseanne. However, there is nothing to understand anymore because Roseanne will no longer go on.
Barr’s co-star, Sara Gilbert, took to Twitter to say she was disappointed in her tweet. Just moments before ABC got rid of the show, Gilbert wrote on Twitter that her words don’t reflect the opinions of anyone on the popular series.
Ironically, Roseanne said in the past that she was considering leaving the social media platform because of the “anti-semitism” present.
However, some of her fans convinced her to stay, which probably was not the greatest idea considering the turnout. Nevertheless, it looks like television just got a little bit more uncontroversial.