Womp Womp, Roseanne Is Cancelled

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ABC just woke up and discovered Roseanne Barr is a raging racist IRL, on her show, and on Twitter, and cancelled her ass.


It was only a matter of time before Roseanne told on herself so loudly that even TV executives—ears plugged with the money from her Roseanne reboot—could hear her. Variety reports that ABC ended her show Tuesday after she compared former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an “ape” in a tweet which she later deleted. She apologized, calling it a “bad joke.” Too late, lady:

“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.

The racist insult was just one in a string of recent unhinged tweets from Barr this week. She also initiated a feud with Chelsea Clinton after tweeting that the former first daughter had the middle name “Soros.” She doesn’t, actually.

It’s virtually impossible to be unfamiliar with Roseanne Barr’s record of conspiracy theories, racism, and Trump support on Twitter, but it looks like her timing on this round was particularly bad for her show’s PR. Earlier Tuesday, Wanda Sykes tweeted that she would not be returning to the series, on which she’d been serving as a consulting producer.

In response to the cancelation, Sara Gilbert—who played Darlene—tweeted the following:


Babe, the show is called Roseanne.

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I’m 100% on board with cancelling the show, but I just don’t understand why ABC had to go and give her a platform to begin with. Her Twitter has been filled with hate for a long time and by ABC giving Barr her sitcom back, it emboldened her to be more vitriolic. And before everyone responds to me, money cannot the only answer, because they’re going to be losing more now and this was wildly predictable.