ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' Over Valerie Jarrett Tweet

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May 29, 2018

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey annoucened Tuesday that the network would be canceling "Roseanne" in the fallout over a racially charged tweet from the show's star, Roseanne Barr.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," the statement from ABC read.


Barr was under fire Tuesday for a tweet insulting former President Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes" film franchise. Bar tweeted, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," in response to a story about WikiLeaks' Julian Assange and Obama's CIA.

The show's star later apologized, saying the tweet was a "bad joke" and that she was leaving Twitter.

Before ABC made the decision to cancel the show, Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on the show's reboot, confirmed she would not return to the show.

In March, ABC had renewed "Roseanne" for a 13-episode second season.

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