ABC has announced that it is canceling “Roseanne” after a racially insensitive tweet was posted by the show’s star.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey declared this Tuesday that: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
The shocking decision to shut down the rebooted sitcom — which debut to record-high ratings in March — followed hours after Roseanne Barr sparked a firestorm with what she later described as a “bad joke” about Valerie Jarrett.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr posted, using Jarrett’s initials. The message was a direct response to a tweet which accused Jarrett of helping to “hide” alleged misdeeds for the Obama administration.
The often controversial comedian later issued an apology, announcing that she was “leaving Twitter” following the comment.
ABC deciding to cancel it’s top-rated comedy could be a huge financial blow for the network, which saw its audience numbers peak with the politically charged reboot of the series.
“Look at Roseanne. Look at her ratings,” Trump had declared during a March speech in Ohio centered on infrastructure.
“Over 18 million people [watched] — and it was about us!” Trump told the crowd. “The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out … but they will.”
Donald Trump Jr. was the first to show support for Roseanne’s comments by sharing them on his own twitter page in a clear act of rebellion:
soros' goal; the overthrow of us constitutional republic by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor 'feelings' instead-and call everyone who is alarmed by that 'racist'.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Here is what Americans had to say:
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
Thank you, @ABCNetwork. You did the right thing. There is not any room in our society for racism or bigotry.
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) May 29, 2018
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 29, 2018
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