Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Late-Night Hosts Weigh In on Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet

Roseanne Barr's TV show cancelled after Twitter race row Every controversial step that led toward ABC's 'Roseanne' cancellation — from Pizzagate to Parkland to the final racist last straw
Ginger Lopez | 30 May, 2018, 18:24

Only hours after declaring she was quitting Twitter, Roseanne Barr is back.

Roseanne star Michael Fishman is among the cast members sharing their reaction to star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, and the ABC show's subsequent cancellation.

Barr added that she will address the controversy Friday on Joe Rogan's podcast.

"I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans", Ms. Barr said in a statement.

Spurred on by Roseanne Barr's racist remarks today, CNN host Don Lemon said the actor's comments are just one part of the much larger issue of racism in America - an issue that he believes is getting worse because of President Donald Trump who is "emboldening" bigots and bigotry. And then ABC dropped the hammer by canceling the show.




Roseanne Barr, star of the ABC sitcom, wrote in a tweet, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

"I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me". But it was still the most popular scripted show of the year so far, and for ABC to cancel it so abruptly meant Barr's comments finally crossed a line.

She has also criticised her former colleagues for speaking out against her racist tweets. Barr claimed late Tuesday night that she posted that apology after the show was canceled, in response to some, like MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who claimed it was a network forced apology.

In a follow-up tweet, Barr blamed her racist messages attacking Jarrett on "ambien tweeting".

Confirming the cancellation of the ABC show, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have made a decision to cancel her show". It represented the work of hundreds of talented people. "You know who I blame for this? It's not the first time she's done it", Lemon said. "I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence". "It was widely known and meticulously documented that she was a flagrant bigot before @ABC & @Disney rolled out the red carpet for her anyway", he tweeted. "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!"

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