Roseanne apologized for her tweet but it wasn’t enough to save her job. Now, in a new interview with Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine, she said that she thinks that Michelle Obama’s outrage over her Valerie Jarrett tweet is the real reason the apology wasn’t enough and she was ultimately fired. Roseanne indirectly attributed the Obama’s friendship with then ABC head Channing Dungey as the real reason she was fired, without naming her by name.
Roseanne stated the following to explain what she views as the real connection to her firing from the reboot of her show that ultimately became rebranded as The Conners.
“[Michelle] said, ‘This tweet is unforgivable. That’s what I was told, and I tend to believe it because the woman who fired me is now working with the Obamas at Netflix.”
The woman now working with the Obamas at Netflix is Channing Dungey. Here is Channing Dungey’s original statement when Roseanne Barr drew ire for her tweet.
Channing Dungey made history as the first African American network president of @ABCNetwork and now she's making headlines for her decision to cancel "Roseanne" hours after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet. We applaud you, Channing! 👏#WCW pic.twitter.com/vXTcz3xCUp
— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) May 30, 2018
The news is going viral as Roseanne continues to be one of Hollywood’s most controversial figures. She has a large support base that voices their opinions and says she was wrongfully fired. At the time her show was canceled, it was a ratings triumph.
Roseanne, a supporter of President Trump, received a personal phone call from the president congratulating on the show’s success.
News of Roseanne’s belief that Michelle Obama had something to do with the firing has gone viral, been scoffed at by those who oppose Roseanne, and has gained support by her followers.
Here is Roseanne Barr’s original tweet that sparked outrage, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
The original tweet was in response to accusations that Valerie Jarrett was hiding secrets related to the Obama administration.
Roseanne followed the tweet with this apology but it proved futile. She was fired.
“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.”
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 12, 2019
What do you think about Roseanne Barr’s statement that Michelle Obama had something to do with her firing?