Roseanne Out at ABC

FILE - In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from the reboot of "Roseanne," premiering on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST. For the reboot, Roseanne will be at odds with her sister Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, over President Donald Trump. Barr said she thought it was important to show how the Conner family deals with the same issues many American families are facing. (Adam Rose/ABC via AP, File)

Well, that didn’t work out so well. Despite the wild ratings success of the reboot of “Roseanne,” the star of the show has managed to get it canceled, shortly after it was renewed for 13 episodes this fall.


In a series of tweets late Monday/early Tuesday, Barr commented on Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, and unleashed a firestorm:

In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning, Barr said the black senior adviser to President Obama was the “baby” of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood political party and Planet of the Apes.

The tweet came in response to a conspiracy-laden thread alleging Jarrett had helped cover up CIA spying.


After her racist remark drew criticism on Twitter, Barr defended her statement.

“It’s a joke,” she wrote in response to a CNN reporter.

“Muslims r NOT a race,” she said in response to another user.

Soon thereafter, Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer for the show, announced she would no longer be involved:

Roseanne’s television daughter, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) — who was instrumental in bringing about the show’s return — also weighed in:


Barr subsequently issued an apology for the statement re: Jarrett (and for erroneously claiming Chelsea Clinton is married to a nephew of George Soros.)

However, ABC has now announced the show is canceled.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

What a wasted opportunity. The show found a way to acknowledge the highly charged political atmosphere in which we seem to operate these days without being ugly about it.  In the episodes aired to date, they addressed racism, addiction, infertility, divorce, gender-fluidity, teenage rebellion, housing and care for the elderly, financial crises, and not least of all, families feuding over politics, all while reminding us to lighten up a little and love the people around us a lot.


Some will contend that ABC was too quick to pull the trigger, and will point to other “network stars” who’ve hung onto their jobs despite bad behavior — even politically incorrect comments.  It’s hard to argue there isn’t a double-standard, with left-leaning stars and shows being shown a good deal more of grace than those on the right. (One could also quibble that Roseanne isn’t truly “on the right,” given her hodge-podge political views and pronouncements, but the obvious support of at least Roseanne Conner for Trump will inevitably overshadow that.)  It’s also hard to defend the original tweet.  And obviously, ABC didn’t relish the thought of being in that position.


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