ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Barr’s racist tweet

ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Barr’s racist tweet

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Roseann Barr, center, pictured with her TV family, apologized on Twitter for the tweet and said she is no longer on the social media site. (@RoseanneOnABC/Twitter)

WASHINGTON — ABC canceled the show “Roseanne” after its titular star posted a racist tweet attacking former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, the television network announced Tuesday.

Channing Dungey of ABC (TheWaltDisneyCompany.com)

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. Dungey, who was appointed in February 2016, is the first black entertainment president of a major broadcast network.

On Tuesday morning, comedian Roseanne Barr responded to a tweet on Jarret with the comment “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

She apologized in two tweets shortly after and said that she would be leaving the social media site.

The remarks, however, resulted in an immediate backlash.

Comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, quickly announced that she would not be coming back in the position.

While Barr has a history of incendiary and oftentimes conspiratorial comments on social media, her show, a reboot of her ’90s sitcom, proved to be a ratings boon for ABC since the show premiered in March.

The show received accolades from conservatives since it depicted Barr as a Trump supporter, something that captured the attention of the president himself.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in March that Trump personally called Roseanne to congratulate her on the show’s success.

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