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ABC just cancelled Roseanne's show for her “abhorrent, repugnant” tweets

ABC Entertainment acted within hours of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett.

by Rex Santus
May 29 2018, 5:12pm

UPDATE: ABC just cancelled "Roseanne" and ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey issued the following statement:

Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.

Original story:

Roseanne Barr is starting to see the consequences after she sent out a series of bizarre tweets, including a racist insult of Valerie Jarrett, on Tuesday.

Barr, currently starring in the reboot of her ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” apologized after she triggered outrage for tweeting “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” The tweet, which Barr has since deleted, was in reference to Valerie Jarrett, a black woman who worked as an adviser for Barack Obama during his presidency.

Barr also accused billionaire philanthropist George Soros of being a Nazi.

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Comedian Wanda Sykes, for example, tweeted that she wouldn’t be returning to “Roseanne.” Sykes served as a consulting producer for the sitcom's reboot.

Shortly after ABC cancelled the show, talent agency ICM chimed in saying it, too, had dumped Barr. The talent agency said, in a statement:

We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning. What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her.

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Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger voiced his support for the decision on Twitter: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."

Barr’s family-themed sitcom revival has been controversial since its inception. Barr is a noted supporter of President Donald Trump. The president's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., showed his continued support for Barr by re-tweeting one of her offending tweets.

“Roseanne” proved to be a surprise hit for ABC when it premiered, though its viewership dropped drastically in May.

Still, “Roseanne” finished out its season strong for ABC and was among the most-watched series of the broadcast season. The finale had 10.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Disclosure: ABC Television Group is a unit of Disney, which owns a minority stake in VICE Media.

Cover image: Roseanne Barr attends the Disney/ABC/Freeform 2018 Upfront Party at Tavern on the Green on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)