ABC Networks has decided to cancel the Roseanne reboot hours after the show’s star went on a racist tirade on Twitter. Earlier on Tuesday, Roseanne Barr called former Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett an “ape.”
The statement, which was only one sentence, was send straight from ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey’s desk.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
(Mind you, Dungey, the first Black woman to head a major network, was behind approving the reboot of the show in the first place)
Disney CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter that “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
According to CNN, when asked why ABC ultimately decided to cancel the sitcom, a Disney source said, “It’s a question of right and wrong. And it’s a question of our company’s values.”
Of course, Twitter rejoiced:
Folks gonna learn to watch what they say.
Original Article: Wanda Sykes Says She’s Not Returning to ‘Roseanne’ After Roseanne Barr’s Racist Twitter Rant
Hours after Roseanne Barr went on a racist Twitter tirade calling former Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett an “ape,” Wanda Sykes, who is consulting producer for the Roseanne reboot, had a few words.
She won’t be returning for season 2.
Folks, including me, were thankful that she stood up and put principles over money:
But as some pointed out on Twitter, Barr has been problematic for a minute, so why quit now? Better yet, why even sign on to work with her in the first place:
As we previously reported, responding to a series of conspiracy theory tweets about former President Obama and Jarrett, Barr said in a now-deleted tweet that Obama’s former senior advisor was the result of “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Of course after getting blasted, Barr is walking back her statements by apologizing and saying it was all just a “joke.”
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote on Twitter. “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.”
ABC has yet to respond to this incident.