ABC Entertainment has canceled the revival of its hit show Roseanne after actress Roseanne Barr posted a tweet describing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as the product of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes, and after saying that "George Soros is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews to be murdered in German concentration camps." ( Soros did collaborate with the Nazis, by his own admission.)
“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 Tuesday.
Barr had apologized for the tweet, claiming that it was a “bad joke” that was “in bad taste,” after she was hit with immediate backlash for her racist remark.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” Barr said. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
The show, which was rebooted in March following a 21-year absence, attracted huge viewership and won praise for its promotion of traditional family values.
According to Variety, the revival of the classic sitcom was set to air a 13-episode eleventh season this fall. The move represents a remarkable turn of events for the network, Barr, and a show that finished the season as the No. 1 scripted primetime television series in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-same say numbers.
Roseanne has yet to make a public statement; it was not immediately clear if any other network would be willing to pick up her show.
It looks like they were just waiting for an excuse to get rid of a show that had some traditional family values.
If only they had that kind of integrity when dealing the left, who say much worse about Trump supporters. This just makes them look like total hypocrites.
ABC allows Jimmy Kimmel to blurt out the most foul comments imaginable about Trump and his staff, and that's just fine.
This is a complete, and total, double standard. If ABC were to fire and disavow anyone who'd made rude and hateful comments since the last election, they'd run out of people to fire.