ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ following Roseanne Barr’s ‘repugnant’ tweet

ABC has canceled “Roseanne” following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet on Tuesday.

“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.

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger tweeted that pulling the plug was the “right thing” to do.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Barr tweeted that one-time Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, was a child of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.” She later tweeted an apology, calling it a “joke” that was “in bad taste.”

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“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.”

Before ABC’s decision came, Wanda Sykes, who served as a writer and consulting producer on the show, tweeted that she will not be returning for the now-canceled 11th season. Sara Gilbert, who plays Barr’s daughter, also tweeted that her TV’s mom vile, conspiracy-laden tweets “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.”

The “Roseanne” revival was a hit out of the gate, becoming the top-rated and most-watched show of the season. Despite Barr’s polarizing politics and hateful, incendiary tweets, ABC stood by the sitcom and promptly renewed it for an 11th season to bow in the fall, even trotting out Barr to open its upfronts presentation in New York two weeks ago — during which ABC joked about an executive writing her tweets. The show was also one of the network’s main pushes at the Emmys this year, where it was never nominated for Best Comedy Series during its original run.

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