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May 29, 2018

ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after star goes on racist Twitter rampage

Chelsea Clinton and Valerie Jarrett were among the targets of Barr's bizarre and hateful posts

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Whitney Cummings, Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Roseanne Barr, Sarah Gilbert, Sarah Chalke, Emma Kenney, Jayden Rey at the "Roseanne" Premiere Event held at Walt Disney Studios.

Following a bizarre and pretty disgusting tweet storm from comedian and actress Roseanne Barr, ABC has canceled "Roseanne" after just one season.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," the company's president Channing Dungey said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. 

Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert Iger also tweeted a response to the news.

Barr began her social media rant Tuesday morning with her usual commentary on conspiracy theories, which isn't exactly new content for her. In the past, she has been lauded by Trump supporters and right-wing conservatives.

But she quickly crossed the line, making Islamaphobic and racially-insensitive comments about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. 

Barr tweeted possibly her most egregious statement yet about Jarrett, which she later called a joke. Using Jarrett's initials here, Barr tweeted: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj"

Barr later released apologies on Twitter.


She also tweeted about Clinton, saying "Chelsea Soros Clinton," in reference to George Soros, who Barr and other right-wing conspiracists claim was a Nazi collaborator during World War II. The theory has been debunked multiple times. 

Clinton responded and corrected Barr. 

Pre-production for Season 2 of "Roseanne" already had started, and was slated to air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Wanda Sykes — who splits her time between L.A. and Delaware County — is a consulting producer on the show and announced pretty much immediately she would not be returning to the project. 

Sara Gilbert, who plays Barr's daughter, said she is "disappointed" in Barr and that the cancelation is "incredibly sad and difficult."


Journalists are predicting President Trump will come to Barr's rescue at a rally tonight in Nashville, Tennessee.