Valerie Jarrett, the Obama aide targeted by Roseanne

Rosalie Gross
May 30, 2018

On Tuesday ABC canceled its hit show "Roseanne", after its star, Roseanne Barr, fired off a series of racist comments on Twitter. Iger called Jarrett ahead of ABC's announcement to let her know.

On the Tuesday Fox News' segment, commentator Jessica Tarlov blasted Barr's derogatory tweets and said they're clearly "racist".

Barr herself apologized for the Tweet and said she was leaving the social media platform.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show", Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement Tuesday. "Today my words caused hundreds of hardworking people to lose their jobs", Barr wrote in a tweet, one in a series of posts Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Barr said that it was tweeting under the influence of the prescription sleep aid Ambien that led her to post a racist remark. "And with that said, I have an idea that I think makes this work for everyone". "I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me".

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ABC Entertainment canceled "Roseanne" on Tuesday after Barr published a now-deleted tweet that included a racist slur against former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. "When you have a president who started his political career around birtherism [a campaign questioning Obama's citizenship by birth]. people like Roseanne feel they're empowered", he said. "He said he had zero tolerance. and I appreciate that", she said.

Barr seemed to liken the reaction from her co-stars and those a supporter called "her underlings" to the way President Donald Trump complains about members of his administration being "disloyal".

Barr's claim of Ambien-tweeting brought out the inner-comedian in a lot of people.

The much-awaited 10th season's two-episode opener attracted 18.2 million viewers in preliminary Nielsen ratings, making it the season's top premiere. Barr regularly attacks liberals on Twitter and peddles fringe conspiracy theories.

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