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ABC Cancels Roseanne After Racist Tweet About Valerie Jarrett

ABC Cancels Roseanne After Racist Tweet About Valerie Jarrett

On Tuesday morning, Roseanne Barr issued a tweet attacking Valerie Jarrett, who served as White House adviser to former President Barack Obama, describing Jarrett as looking like the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes" "had a baby".

"Look at Roseanne-I called her yesterday-look at her ratings, look at her ratings!" said the president saying the show, "was about us [the supporters and the president himself]".

"The two have been going at it over creative differences, particularly when it comes to political dialogue that is in the script", the insider said in early April, referring to Barr's support of President Donald Trump.

"I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks", Barr tweeted.

Gilbert's onscreen daughter Emma Kenney also slammed Barr's comments - and said she had planned to quit the show before it was cancelled.

But Barr later deleted the tweet and tweeted an apology to Jarrett and "all Americans".

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The performer's social media posts quickly sparked an uproar online, with many people calling on ABC to act.

Barr's co-star and executive producer Sara Gilbert described her comments about Jarrett "and so much more" as "abhorrent".

Jarrett says ABC CEO Bob Iger called her before he made the announcement, telling her he has "zero tolerance", according to NBC. "We too make a show about a middle class family, come and watch us instead #speechless @Speechless_ABC", wrote Driver on Twitter.

What "leaving Twitter" means is unclear.

One of season 1's consultants, comedian Wanda Sykes, tweeted Tuesday that she would not be returning to the series following Barr's racist tweet, joining a growing chorus of stars who've written off Barr, including Mark Hamill, Debra Messing, Ike Barinholtz, Don Cheadle and Julianne Moore. She also - falsely - wrote that Chelsea Clinton is married to George Soros's nephew and added, "Soros is a Nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth" - a widely debunked conspiracy theory about the left-wing billionaire.

"I'm humbled by the great things that people have said", Ms. Dungey told The Los Angeles Times in 2016 when she replaced Paul Lee as ABC's chief. "But you don't have to participate in it", he tweeted. Another pointed out that the ape comparisons by Roseanne and Maher have different meanings, tweeting "Roseanne's ape comment is racist because of longterm established racist tropes tying POC to apes".


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