US Network ABC Has Cancelled Roseanne Following Star's Racist Tweets

Network Ten has also confirmed it will be pulling all episodes effective immediately.

What you need to know
  • U.S. network ABC has cancelled the revival of Roseanne, following a racist tweet from star Roseanne Barr
  • Barr has since blamed the sedative Ambien for her tweet

Roseanne Barr has blamed the sedative Ambien for a racist tweet she sent out on Tuesday comparing former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please. ty," she wrote in a tweet

On Tuesday U.S. network ABC made the decision to cancel its revival of Roseanne following a racist tweet from star Roseanne Barr and now Network Ten has confirmed it will be pulling all remaining episodes.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, a Network Ten spokesperson said, "Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately."

In a now-deleted response to a thread alleging Jarrett, a black woman born to American parents in Iran, was involved in CIA spying and coverups, Barr wrote: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

The now-deleted racist tweet that led to Roseanne Barr's show being cancelled.

When the sitcom star began to be criticised for the comment (between tweeting conspiracy theories about Chelsea Clinton), her responses were brief.

As Barr's comments and defence of her racist jab gained more and more attention, Barr issued an apology claiming she was "leaving Twitter", though it's unclear if that would be a brief hiatus, or leaving the platform for good.

Soon after, the ABC network in the U.S. issued a statement saying they would be cancelling the series.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said. "We have decided to cancel her show".

Chairman and CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, also weighed in via Twitter backing Dungey's statement.

It would have been a tough call for the network considering Roseanne had such strong ratings. Throughout its nine episode run, it was the number one show for the season.

Debuting with 18.4 million viewers and finishing its season with 10.6 million, the series was no stranger to controversy when it was announced Barr's character Roseanne Conner would mirror her own political values as being a loud Trump supporter.

In March, it was announced ABC had renewed the series for a second revival season, the show's 11th season overall, and upped the order to 13 episodes.

Despite the ratings success, Barr's Twitter presence was a constant source of tension, with the star never shy when it came to sharing her conspiracy theories online. But that didn't seem to harm the ratings, and the bating of more conservative viewers enticed FOX to re-invest in Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.

The fallout was swift, with several of the cast and crew of Roseanne also speaking out. Wanda Sykes, who worked as consulting producer on the revival, tweeted she would not be returning to the series.

Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene since the series began in 1988, said she was disappointed in Barr's "abhorrent" comments.

The actor Emma Kenney, who played Darlene's daughter during the revival, commented that when she requested to quit the series she was informed it had already been cancelled.

Many, many other celebrities weighed in on Barr's tweets and the network's resulting decision to pull the plug.

Jarrett herself was at a MSNBC town hall called "Everyday Racism in America" where she was able to speak on the moment saying she wanted to turn it into a "teaching moment".

"I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence."

Later Jarrett also referred to President Donald Trump saying, "Tone does start at the top". Trump has been a vocal supporter of Barr's even going so far as calling her to congratulate her on the show's immense ratings.

"We like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country," Jarrett said during the town hall, "But I also think every individual citizen has a responsibility to... And it’s up to all of us to push back".

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