Recently revived sitcom, Roseanne has been cancelled.
ABC cancelled the show after lead star, Roseanne Barr made a racist comment on Twitter earlier today. According to Variety, Barr made a comment which referred to Barack Obama’s former aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”
Shortly after making the comment, Barr deleted the tweet then followed it up with an apology which said: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
The original tweet and the apology was quickly picked up by the media, but before the story could develop further, Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on Roseanne announced she would not return for the recently commissioned second season. Taking to Twitter, Sykes said: “I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.”
Fellow cast member, Sara Gilbert also made her feelings quite clear, commenting: “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, 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.”
Gilbert followed this up with: “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
Following the comments, ABC abruptly cancelled the show, with ABC’s Entertainment president Channing Dungey, issuing a statement which was tweeted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. It said: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Iger added: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Roseanne originally aired for nine seasons between 1988 and 1997. The show returned this year for its tenth season, with an eleventh in the pipeline.