On Tuesday, May 29, news emerged that the popular conservative comedy “Roseanne” was being pulled from ABC Network. The news came after a several-month battle attempting to get the show back on TV after a former cancellation.
When “Roseanne” made a reboot earlier this spring, it was incredibly successful. The ratings from the premiere night topped the networks, and President Trump even personally called star Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the success.
Now, the show is being canceled yet again. This time, however, the plug was pulled because of something that Roseanne Barr said on social media. She had posted a Tweet about Valerie Jarrett, reportedly meant to be a joke, that was deemed as racist and insensitive. After the Tweet circulated, ABC said that they had no choice but to pull the show.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Shortly after the news emerged about the cancellation, Roseanne posted an apology on Twitter.
She said, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett 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- my joke was in bad taste.”
Now, Roseanne has spoken out again. On early Wednesday morning, she posted a series of Tweets and Retweets regarding the situation. While she had previously apologized, one of her earlier Tweets was regarding why she made that comment in the first place. She said that her tweet was not racist but rather ignorant. Additionally, according to CBS, she said she had been on Ambien, which had caused insomnia.
Several of her Retweets involved people who were defending her on Twitter. In others, Roseanne said that people shouldn't be trying to defend her. Below are a few examples of the Tweets.
What do you think about her statements and about the show cancellation? Let us know your thoughts! After ABC made their announcement, several other show cast members spoke out about it.