ABC has canceled the newly revamped sitcom, Roseanne, after starÂ Roseanne BarrÂ tweeted a racist comment on Tuesday morning about former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett.
The 65-year-old actress came under fire when she posted a tweet that referred to Jarett as looking like the offspring of the â€śMuslim Brotherhood & planet of the apes.â€ť She deleted the tweet shortly after posting it, but the damage was done.
Amidst public backlash, responses poured in from celebrities who condemned Barrâ€™s comment, including her Roseanne co-star and executive producer, Sarah Gilbert.
â€śRoseanneâ€™s recent comments about Valerie Jarett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show,â€ť Gilbert wrote. â€śI am disappointed in her actionsÂ to say the least.Â This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as weâ€™ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love â€“ one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.â€ť
Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on Roseanne, immediately announced via Twitter she would no longer be working on the show following the racist tweet. Roseanneâ€™s onscreen son, Michael Fishman, also released a statement on Twitter in which he called her words â€śreprehensible and intolerable.â€ť
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who is the first African-American to serve as programming chief for one of the major broadcast networks, said Barrâ€™s comment was â€śabhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.â€ť
Roseanne has also been dumped by her talent agency, ICM Partners, who wrote in a statement that they were â€śgreatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptableâ€ť tweet.
In the aftermath of the cancellation, Roseanne took to Twitter to apologize for her actions, writing, â€śI apologize to Valerie Jarett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me â€“ my joke was in bad taste.â€ť
In response to the tweet, Jarett told MSNBC that the situation should be regarded as a â€śteaching moment.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m fine. Iâ€™m worried about all the people out there who donâ€™t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense,â€ť Jarett said. â€śThe person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation â€“ the talk â€“ as we call it. As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.â€ť
Despite announcing she would be leaving the social media site, Roseanne later returned to Twitter to blame her actions on the sleep aid, Ambien.
â€śIt was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting â€“ it was memorial day too â€“ I went 2 far & do not want it defended â€“ it was egregious Indefensible,â€ť the star wrote on the social media site. â€śI made a mistake I wish I hadnâ€™t butâ€¦ donâ€™t defend it please.â€ť ~Caitlyn Clancey