ROSEANNE BARR didn't only get herself fired . . . everyone connected with her show is out of work. Although, several of them were going to quit themselves.
WANDA SYKES was working as a writer, consultant and producer on the show. But as soon as she saw the Tweet, she said she would not be returning.
Reruns of "Roseanne" will be disappearing from cable. Viacom cable networks Paramount, TV Land and CMT are pulling all "Roseanne" reruns from their schedules starting Wednesday. Hulu says it will follow suit. ABC canceled Roseanne Barr's hit show after the comedian posted a racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett spoke on MSNBC Tuesday night, and attributed Barr's tweet to the atmosphere created by President Trump. Jarrett said, "The tone does start at the top."
Barr is blaming Ambien for the racist tweet that got her hit show cancelled by ABC Tuesday.
Of course all the co-stars are reacting...
Sara Gilbert Condemns Roseanne Tweet
(Los Angeles, CA) -- One of the stars of "Roseanne" is denouncing Roseanne Barr for her racist tweet. Barr made a joke on Twitter Tuesday morning comparing a former top Obama advisor to an ape. Soon after the tweet, ABC cancelled Barr's hit show. One of the stars of the show, Sara Gilbert, said Barr's tweet was "abhorrent," and does "not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show." Gilbert defended the show, and said, "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."
After Barr's comment, comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted that she was quitting her job as a consulting producer for the show. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey released a statement soon afterward saying the network was cancelling the show, and called Barr's tweet "repugnant and inconsistent with our values." ABC is owned by Disney, and Disney CEO Bob Iger supported the cancellation. Iger tweeted, "there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."
Jarrett Responds To Roseanne Tweet, Says It Should Be Teaching Moment
(Washington, DC) -- The target of a racist tweet by comedian Roseanne Barr is saying it "should be a teaching moment." ABC pulled the plug on "Roseanne" yesterday after its star attacked former President Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, tweeting, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj." Barr soon deleted the tweet and apologized, admitting her so-called "joke" was in "bad taste."
Jarrett appeared on MSNBC and said she was called by Disney CEO Bob Iger before the show's cancellation was announced. She said it's everyone's responsibility to combat racism.
EMMA KENNEY (Darlene's daughter Harris) called her manager to quit the show, and that's when she was told that ABC was already shutting it down. Emma praised ABC for, quote, "standing up against abuse of power and lack of values," and added, quote, "bullies do not win. Ever."
JOHN GOODMAN hasn't commented, but he was spotted walking his dog in New Orleans, and looking . . . well . . . not terribly jovial.
For the record, Valerie is not Muslim and is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood . . . not that it should matter to anyone. She was born in Iran in 1956, but her parents are Americans. Her father was there running a hospital for children.
Yesterday, Valerie responded, quote, "We have to turn it into a teaching moment. I'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense." (Here's video.)