Within mere hours of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet claiming that former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looks like an ape, ABC canceled her hit sitcom revival. USA Today writes that Hollywood has been reacting to the news, and the majority of them are happy that Roseanne's new show has been canceled.
Bob Iger, the CEO of parent company Disney, tweeted that there was "only one thing to do here," adding that ABC's decision was "the right thing."
During an MSNBC special called "Everyday Racism in America," which was airing during the time this news story was breaking, Jarrett responded that this should be a "teaching moment" to all of America.
Tom Arnold, who was married to Roseanne Barr from 1990 to 1994, and who co-starred on the show from 1989 to 1993, wrote that he has a lot of respect for Bob Iger. He also added that it was a tough financial decision but ultimately the right one for the American people.
Michael Fishman, who played D.J. Connor, called the comments "reprehensible and intolerable."
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston praised the boss and even expressed his wish that politicians would follow ABC's example.
Of course, not everybody is happy that Roseanne is being canceled. Some conservative fans maintain that the company made the wrong decision. One America News correspondent Jack Posobiec suggested that Roseanne and others have been blacklisted for their political views. According to the correspondent, people like Joy Behar from "The View" and Kimmy Kimmel still have their jobs, even after saying provocative things, and therefore, so should Roseanne.
ABC canceled the popular sitcom "Roseanne" on Tuesday after Roseanne Barr, the show's main star, said something racist on Twitter.
George Soros' spokesperson responded on Tuesday, claiming that Roseanne Barr's other comments referring to him as a Nazi are also offensive.
"George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary as a 13-year-old child by going into hiding and assuming a false identity with the help of his father, who managed to save his own family and help many other Jews survive the Holocaust," Soros's spokesperson remarked, according to The Hill.
"He did not collaborate with the Nazis. He did not help round people up. He did not confiscate anybody's property. Such false allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust, to all Jewish people, and to anyone who honors the truth," the statement said.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said, according to CNN.
The cancellation was an absolute shock, especially since "Roseanne" premiered to such massive ratings just three months ago. It was also shocking because pre-production for the second season was already scheduled for Tuesdays at 8 pm. With high ratings and favorable reviews, it seemed that "Roseanne" was here to stay.
Barr's tweet caught headlines early on Tuesday, and ABC remained silent on it for several hours. Ultimately, however, ABC claimed that they had no choice but to cancel the show. According to one source familiar with the situation, it was a question of "right and wrong." Barr's comment was inconsistent with the network's values.
In one of the tweets, she wrote, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
Barr was referencing Valerie Jarrett, a former top aide to former President Barack Obama. It is quite likely that Barr intended for the comment to be a joke, but many people were offended.
"I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks," Barr tweeted. "I should have known better. Forgive me -- my joke was in bad taste," said Barr, who then claimed she's leaving Twitter.
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