NZ's Three cuts Roseanne from screens following racist Twitter attacks

30 May, 2018, 23:39 | Author: Donna Miller
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Oh boy. Roseanne Barr is now claiming that her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett was the result of taking the sedative Ambien - and her reasoning is NOT going over well on Twitter.

In one tweet, Barr wrote, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj" in reference to Jarrett.

The condemnation for Roseanne's tweet was loud and widespread, and after defending and deflecting its star throughout the course of the revival, ABC finally announced it was canceling "Roseanne." He noted that Robert Iger, chief executive of ABC parent Walt Disney Co., called Jarrett to tell her that ABC did not tolerate Barr's comments.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show", president Channing Dungey said.

Deggans reports that while the first episode of the reboot drew more than 25 million viewers, the audience shrank as the season went on.

I have only taken Ambien once.but I don't remember one of the side-effects being racism.

Valerie Jarrett says this incident should be a teachable moment.

She also fired back at Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert's statements.

"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!" it said.

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The 65-year-old has insisted she will "defend herself" after apologising for posting a racist comment, as she urged enraged Twitter users to "go away".

"I'm fine", she said.

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah pointed a finger at the USA president to explain Barr's tweet. She then plugged her next engagement, which is appearing on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast on Friday.

"I don't understand it to be anything other than free speech", said Fox host Harris Faulkner.

Following growing outrage, Barr tweeted that her comments about Jarrett were a "joke" and that she would leave Twitter. "Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client".

Make no mistake: The "Roseanne" decision would also have been expensive if ABC hadn't canceled the show. I know... 'Yeah, right?' The president did it too, it's insane. "I apologise. I am now leaving Twitter", she wrote, hours after the tweetstorm began. "I'm exhausted of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse".

UPDATE: Wednesday morning Barr sounded more conciliatory towards Gilbert, at least, and explained her tweet to two of her almost 800,000 Twitter followers: "no, I understand her position and why she said what she said. i forgive her".

Shortly after her Tuesday evening apology to the cast and crew, Barr tweeted at Jarrett directly, writing, "I want to apologize to you".



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