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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
“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 in a statement Tuesday.
Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of Disney, which owns ABC, addressed the abrupt move on Twitter.
“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” he said.
Barr was also dropped by her agency, ICM Partners.
“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” the agency’s leadership said in an internal memo, Deadline reported. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
The shocking turn of events came within hours of Barr’s tweets — in which she compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape — sparking outrage from those who pleaded with ABC to act.
The fallout began Tuesday afternoon, when Wanda Sykes announced she was quittingas consulting producer of the hit revival, which debuted in March.
“I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC,” the stand-up comedian tweeted.
Sara Gilbert — who played Barr’s TV daughter Darlene Conner in both iterations of the show — said Barr’s “recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.
“I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” Gilbert tweeted just before the cancellation was announced. “This is incredibly sad and difficult 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.”
H/T Page Six