Well, this is a shocker. I expected ABC to give Roseanne Barr a slap on the wrist for her latest antic, but didn’t foresee the network actually cancelling its biggest sitcom. Damn, I wonder if Barr is regretting her tweet even more.
To catch you up, it all began when Barr made racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama. She attacked Jarrett on social media, describing her as “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” Jarrett, who was born in Iran to American parents, served as a senior adviser for Obama from 2009 to 2017.
Even though Roseanne apologized for her words, comedian Wanda Sykes, who serves as a consulting producer on the sitcom, quit as a result. Her departure was the second high-profile exit from the show in recent weeks. Whitney Cummings, who also served as a producer, quit a couple of weeks ago, citing her busy schedule.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
Given that Roseanne was a ratings hit the past season, I wondered what ABC would do. Would it simply reprimand Roseanne and forge ahead or cut ties. Clearly, the alphabet chose the latter.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced today.
Sara Gilbert, who was instrumental in bringing back the sitcom, also chimed in.
“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” she tweeted. “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as 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.”
Thoughts on the cancellation? Roseanne’s tweets? Do you think another outlet will pick up Roseanne for a Season 11? Weigh in below.