ABC has pulled the plug on their reboot of ‘Roseanne’ following the star’s racist tweet rant, the network announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The move comes as the network felt the backlash from star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet storm where she called the former aide of US President Obama Valerie Jarrett the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”
“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.
Barr quickly deleted the tweet and sent out an apology but the damage was already done.
Producer Wanda Sykes announced on Twitter she would no longer return to the show following the ‘apes’ comment from Roseanne.
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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Roseanne returned to Twitter hours after her firing from ABC, tweeting out to her fans to not feel sorry for her. She would also issue an apology to her co-stars, the network, and fans for her tweet that she insists was a bad and poor joke.
Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan's podcast friday.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018
The reboot of ‘Roseanne’ made history as its premiere was watched by 18.6 million viewers and the first season rated as the No. 1 scripted primetime television series in the key 18-49 demo.