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ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ Following Racist Tweet

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Roseanne Barr dominated television headlines this spring as her show, which was unapologetically focused on some conservative characters, drew a larger-than-expected audience. Now, after a series of inflammatory comments on Twitter, her show has been canceled. The news, breaking Tuesday, marks the end of the show’s tumultuous reboot.

“ABC has decided to cancel Roseanne Barr’s television show just hours after the comedian posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett,” The Daily Mail wrote.

The network says Barr’s tweets are “abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values.”

The tweet in question concerns Valerie Jarrett. Barr wrote that Jarrett looked like the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”

“Roseanne’s mention of the ‘Muslim brotherhood’ seems to be due to the long-running conspiracy theory that Jarrett is Muslim,” DM adds. “Jarrett was born in Iran to American parents and lived in Shiraz for six years.”

Shortly after, comedian Wanda Sykes announced she wasn’t going back for a second season on Roseanne Barr’s show.

Yet Jarrett’s family is American, and was in Iran on a program meant to help developing countries establish medical care by staffing hospitals with physicians.

“ABC is doing their best to ignore some of these statements from Roseanne and she is making it really hard for them by taking it to the next level here,” CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski wrote.

Barr responded that the tweet was meant as a joke. She announced she was leaving Twitter. Her account was suspended, briefly, but is back up now, minus the offensive tweet.

Kaczynski snapped back: “understand it’s a joke, but can you see why some people think comparing a black woman to Planet of the Apes might be racist and find the Muslim Brotherhood reference to be conspiratorial and Islamophobic?”

“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,’ Sara Gilbert, an executive producer, wrote. “I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”

“This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member,” she wrote.

The calls for Barr to apologize came almost as quickly as the demands that ABC cancel her show. Barr did apologize, and has said she is leaving Twitter. And now ABC has canceled the show.