Stellar ratings and an apology weren’t enough to mitigate Roseanne Barr’s racist comments, and now ABC is pulling the plug on “Roseanne.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says the network has decided to cancel the “Roseanne” reboot.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Dungey said.
In 2016, Dungey made headlines when she became the first African-American to run the entertainment division of a major broadcast television network.
Barr apologized for the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Barr compared Jarrett, who is Black, to an ape in a tweet. After initially pushing back against criticism of the comment, Barr admitted her “joke” was in “bad taste” and said she was leaving Twitter.
Barr’s tweet about Jarrett said, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Barr later deleted it and said she was sorry.
“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.” But the apology was clearly not enough for ABC.
Earlier, Barr had rebuffed accusations of racism by insisting that “Islam is not a race.” But her eventual admission that the joke was about Jarrett’s “looks” seemed to confirm that the ape comment was indeed about Jarrett’s appearance.
The offending tweet came amidst a series of tweets referring to George Soros as a Nazi and Chelsea Clinton as a Soros family member (Barr apologized and took it back, then attacked the family of Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky, instead).
The comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, tweeted that she will not be returning in the wake of Barr’s comments.