If you thought “Roseanne” star Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweet would get her thrown off the Emmys ballot, you’d be dead wrong. Gold Derby has learned that Barr appears on the 2018 ballot along with 12 of her “Roseanne” revival cast mates (see list below). The tweet in question, in which the disgraced actress compared one-time Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape, resulted in the sitcom’s immediate cancellation by ABC. But now Barr could indeed have the last laugh if Emmy voters decide to nominate her as Best Comedy Actress. Do YOU think she’ll earn an Emmy nom? Vote now in our poll below.
The drama all started when Barr tweeted that Jarrett, who is African-American, was a cross between the “muslim brotherhood” and “planet of the apes.” ABC took swift action by canceling the comedy, with Barr subsequently going into full apology mode. But then Barr added fuel to the fire when she said that her racist tweet was the result of taking Ambien. That prompted the makers of Ambien to respond that “racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
Barr won Best Comedy Actress at the 1993 Emmys for her role as the titular mother on the working-class sitcom. Her TV sister Laurie Metcalf, who just won a Tony on Sunday night, took home three Emmys for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (1992-94), while her on-screen husband John Goodman went home empty-handed for his role despite seven nominations. The show was infamously never nominated for Best Comedy Series, but that could all change this year if voters are able to look past Barr’s off-screen behavior.
Here’s the complete list of all 13 “Roseanne” acting submissions on the 2018 Emmy ballot:
Best Comedy Actress: Roseanne Barr
Best Comedy Actor: John Goodman
Best Comedy Supporting Actress: Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Emma Kenney, Laurie Metcalf, Jayden Rey
Best Comedy Supporting Actor: Michael Fishman, Ames McNamara
Best Comedy Guest Actress: Johnny Galecki, Christopher Lloyd
Best Comedy Guest Actor: Sarah Chalke, Estelle Parsons
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