ABC cancels 'Roseanne' following star's racist tweet

ABC cancels 'Roseanne' following star's racist tweet

President Donald Trump has tweeted his thoughts after the Roseanne reboot was cancelled by ABC.

Barr's reported $80 million net worth will take a hit as a result of Tuesday's controversy, which started when she posted an incendiary tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to Barack Obama.

"I'm fine", she said. I am truly sorry.

This wasn't the only controversial tweet by Roseanne Tuesday morning.

She added: "Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me".

USA television star Roseanne Barr has apologised for her racist outburst against a former Barack Obama aide, claiming she believed the target of her abuse was white.

White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett in 2013. "I hope you can accept this honest apology!"

Barr blamed her late-night message on the sleep aid Ambien. "I'm calling on @ABCNetwork @Disney to uphold their "standards" by firing [Joy Behar] for calling Christians mentally ill". Barr said fellow co-star Wanda Sykes played a role in getting her show cancelled and seemingly agreed with criticism of Sara Gilbert, where a fan called her "disloyal" and "ungrateful".

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".

Several of Barr's costars reacted to the news - including Michael Fishman and Emma Kenney.

Following her original comments, Barr was widely condemned by celebrities including her own castmates.

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Jarrett also noted that Disney CEO Bob Iger called her before ABC announced the show's cancellation.

"I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment", Jarrett said.

"This is incredibly sad and hard for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love-one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member", Miss Gilbert tweeted. Within hours, ABC announced that "Roseanne" would not return for a second season. "I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence".

Barr also revealed she would be appearing on U.S. comedian Joe Rogan's podcast on Friday.

Film director Ava DuVernay praised ABC entertainment boss Channing Dungey, tweeting: "For the record, this is Channing Dungey".

In a series of tweets overnight, Barr also apologized to those who lost their jobs because of the "Roseanne" cancellation, expressing remorse she was being branded a racist, and also retweeting posts that attacked ABC and a meme that included Jarrett.

Barr later thanked one of her fans for defending her, writing, "I'm not a racist, just an idiot who made a bad joke. thank you for defending me tho".

She later deleted that retweet, and retweeted others who called it out for being fake.

"People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world", reads the statement. About 18 million live viewers watched the premiere episode in March.

"Some things apparently are more important than money", even for a network like ABC, "and that's heartening", CNN's Van Jones said on the air. "Roseanne made a choice".

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