ABC canceled the popular sitcom "Roseanne" on Tuesday after Roseanne Barr, the show's main star, said something racist on Twitter.
"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 refused to 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." Barr then claimed she's leaving Twitter.
When asked about the situation, Jarrett declined to comment.
The New York Times writes that months before the show premiered, her children had reportedly taken her social media accounts away from her. This is because, in the past, Barr has used social media to promote conspiracy theories and many ABC executives were worried that she might say something offensive on social media that would cause advertisers to revolt.
Roseanne Barr has been very open and proud that her character is a working-class Trump supporter.
“I mean, everybody had to choose for themselves, according to their own conscience, who they felt was the lesser of two evils,” she said of the 2016 election. “You know, everybody chose that, so I’m not going to put anybody down who didn’t vote like me. This is America, it’s a free country, and when you weigh it all together, I just felt like we needed a whole new thing. All the way. Bottom to top.”
"Roseanne" debuted to tremendous ratings for ABC earlier this year. Reports are claiming that 18.1 million viewers watched the television show. Barr played a Trump supporter on the show who clashed politically with her pro-Hillary family.
In recent news, Morgan Freeman is demanding a retraction from CNN.