May 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet
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Cast of ‘Roseanne’ (Photo courtesy ABC)

ABC has canceled “Roseanne” in response to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet on Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

“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 on Tuesday.

Barr, who has frequently tweeted pro-Trump conspiracy theories, responded to a fake news story that former President Barack Obama’s CIA spied on French presidential candidates. In a now-deleted tweet, Barr wrote “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” in reference to former White House aide Valerie Jarrett who is African American and was born in Iran to American parents. Jarrett was not mentioned in the story Barr shared.

Some people took to Twitter to call for the show’s termination because of Barr’s comment.

Following the tweet, Wanda Sykes, who served as the series’ consulting producer, resigned from the show.

Barr announced she would be leaving Twitter and apologized for the comment.

“I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter,” Barr wrote. “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.”

Sara Gilbert responded to Barr’s tweet saying that the star’s comment does not reflect the views of the rest of the show’s cast and crew.

“Roseanne’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 wrote. “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.”

“Roseanne” was a ratings hit for the network and had been renewed for a second season.

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