the item’s been a disastrous few weeks for Roseanne Barr.
The 65-year-old comedian has faced major backlash after posting a racist comment about Barack Obama’s former White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett, via Twitter late last month.
Since then, the former Roseanne star hasn’t been able to get herself out of hot water. by her controversial remark to how her co-stars have reacted — as well as also how a Roseanne spinoff rose by the ashes — ET breaks down everything that will’s happened (so far) during the ongoing fallout.
The Initial Tweet
The scandal all started out on May 29, when Barr posted the following tweet: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Barr was referring to Jarrett, who is actually black as well as also was born in Iran. The tweet has since been deleted.
The First Apology
As people flooded her mentions, Barr apologized as well as also proclaimed she was leaving Twitter.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett as well as also to all Americans,” she emphasized in another tweet. “I am truly sorry for producing a bad joke about her politics as well as also her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.”
However, her break by Twitter didn’t last long, as she was back on social media within a few hours of that will post.
“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!” she said upon her return. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, as well as also wonderful writers (all liberal) as well as also talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”
ABC Cancels Roseanne
Shortly after the backlash began, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey revealed the network was canceling the sitcom in a statement released to the press.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is actually abhorrent, repugnant as well as also inconsistent with our values, as well as also we have decided to cancel her show,” the statement read.
“There was only one thing to do here, as well as also that will was the right thing,” Disney-ABC Chairman as well as also CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter.
Additionally, ABC removed all references to the revival series on its press site as well as also Viacom pulled all reruns of the sitcom’s entire run by all of its channels.
Two days later, Barr claimed she “begged” ABC executives not to cancel the common series.
“I begged [Disney-ABC Television Group President] Ben Sherwood at ABC to let me apologize as well as also make amend[s],” she wrote in a currently-deleted tweet. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything as well as also asked for help in producing things right. I’d worked doing publicity for them for free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged for people’s jobs.”
ICM Drops Barr as a Client
The talent agency that will previously represented Barr sent a note to their employees on May 29, notifying them of the actress’ abrupt termination.
“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful as well as also unacceptable tweet by Roseanne Barr This specific morning,” the memo read. “What she wrote is actually antithetical to our core values, both as individuals as well as also as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that will we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is actually no longer a client.”
Stars by the Sitcom Speak Out
the item wasn’t long before Twitter erupted with reactions by Barr’s Roseanne co-stars, condemning her for the racist remark that will led ABC to pull the plug on their show.
A production source told ET at the time that will those who worked on the show were “horrified,” as well as also felt that will perhaps the reboot “wasn’t meant to be.”
“As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told the item was cancelled,” Emma Kenney, who played Barr’s granddaughter, Harris Conner-Healy, on the sitcom wrote in a series of tweets. “I am hurt, embarrassed, as well as also disappointed. The racist as well as also distasteful comments by Roseanne are inexcusable.”
Kenney’s onscreen mother, Sara Gilbert (Darlene), also weighed in, writing, “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, as well as also so much more, are abhorrent as well as also do not reflect the beliefs of our cast as well as also crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
“This specific is actually incredibly sad as well as also difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that will we believe in, are proud of, as well as also that will audiences love — one that will is actually separate as well as also apart by the opinions as well as also words of one cast member,” she added.
as well as also according to Michael Fishman — who played Barr’s onscreen son, D.J., in both the original series as well as also the revival — May 29 was “one of the hardest days” of his life.
“I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, nevertheless for all those who poured their hearts as well as also souls into our jobs, as well as also the audience that will welcomed us into their homes,” he explained. “Our cast, crew, writers, as well as also production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness. The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved. I condemn these statements vehemently.”
Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, was actually one of the first to speak out. Before ABC even announced the cancellation, Sykes exclaimed via Twitter that will she might “not be returning to @RoseanneABC.”
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Valerie Jarrett Responds
After being the target of Barr’s racist tweet, Jarrett appeared on MSNBC for a town hall discussing “Everyday Racism in America.”
“Tone does start at the top, as well as also we like to look up to our president as well as also feel as though he reflects the values of our country,” Jarrett said during the town hall discussion with hosts Joy Reid as well as also Chris Hayes. “nevertheless I also think that will every individual citizen carries a responsibility too. as well as also the item’s up to all of us to push back — our government is actually only going to be as not bad as we make the item be.”
“People on the inside have to push hard, as well as also people on the outside have to listen,” she continued. “I think we have to turn the item into a teaching moment. I’m fine.”
According to MSNBC, the wish of the town hall was to “open a national dialogue” by addressing the state of “racial bias in society as well as also what can be done to effect change.”
Barr Apologizes Again; Blames Ambien
In a fresh series of apologetic tweets, Barr claimed her controversial remark was a result of her tweeting under the influence of the prescription sleep aid Ambien.
“Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me,” Barr tweeted the night of May 29. “the item was 2 from the morning as well as also I was ambien tweetin.”
“the item was Memorial Day too,” she added. “I went too far as well as also do not want the item defended-the item was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t nevertheless…don’t defend the item please. Ty.”
Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company behind Ambien, released its own statement via Twitter shortly after: “People of all races, religions as well as also nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the planet. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is actually not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
ABC showrunner Shonda Rhimes also tweeted in response to Barr’s Ambien allegation, writing, “Omg. I used to take Ambien! How many times was I racist in my sleep?! GIRL BYE. #ownyouractions.”
Barr Continues to Defend Herself as well as also Insists She’s ‘Not a Racist’
The comedian was back at the item again on May 30, attempting to explain her tweet about Jarrett even further.
“I’m not a racist, I never was & I never will be,” she exclaimed. “One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER b taken by me.”
She also tweeted back to some of her co-stars, specifically calling out Gilbert as well as also Fishman for not having her back. To Fishman she wrote, “I created the platform for that will inclusivity as well as also you know the item. ME. You throw me under the bus. nice!”
Her reply to Gilbert was a bit simpler. “Wow! unreal,” she tweeted.
John Goodman Breaks His Silence
Meanwhile, Barr’s onscreen husband, John Goodman (Dan), was spotted at an auto repair shop in fresh Orleans on May 30. In footage obtained by ET, the actor cautiously reacted to the drama.
“[I’d] rather say nothing than to cause more trouble,” he said, adding that will he’s doing OK amid the controversy. “Everything’s fine.”
Around the same time our article was published, Barr praised Goodman as well as also another one of their co-stars, Laurie Metcalf, via Twitter.
“I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors from the planet out with me – Laurie as well as also John,” she wrote. “I’m so sick over This specific – they will never have better character actors on their network.”
Barr Cancels Scheduled Podcast Interview
The Salt Lake City, Utah, native was supposed to share her side of the story on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, on June 1.
Rogan took to Twitter early Friday, however, to reveal Barr might no longer be joining him. “The Roseanne podcast is actually not happening today,” he shared. “She’s not doing well as well as also doesn’t want to travel, as well as also she’s gone radio silent on me, so I’m just going to step away.”
“The whole thing has been pretty brutal on her, as well as also I wish she can find some peace,” he added.
Spinoff Rumors Spark
Since Roseanne got the boot, rumors circulated that will the show could possibly continue from the form of a spinoff, focusing on different characters by the series.
A source told ET on May 30 that will the possibility of a Roseanne spinoff show (without Barr) wasn’t necessarily off the table. “There are very tentative conversations, in very early stages about the possibility of a spinoff, nevertheless the item is actually much too early,” the source said at the time.
Another source told ET on June 1 that will ABC is actually continuing talks with producers about trying to save jobs by finding a way to reprise as well as also rebrand Roseanne into a fresh show possibly centered on different characters by the cast.
Sara Gilbert Speaks Out in First TV Appearance After Cancellation
Gilbert candidly opened up about the scandal on the June 4 episode of The Talk, saying that will she stood by ABC’s decision to cancel the show.
“In addition to my statement, I might like to say that will This specific has been a very difficult week,” she said. “A lot of people have been hurt by This specific. I will say I am proud of the show we made. The show has always been about love, diversity as well as also inclusion as well as also the item’s sad to see the item end in This specific way. I am sad for the people who lost their jobs from the process. However, I do stand behind the decision that will ABC made.”
Barr Speaks Out About Cancellation
On June 5, Barr declared that will she was “producing restitution for the pain I have caused,” as a source with knowledge of the situation told ET that will ABC as well as also Roseanne producers were in serious discussions about spinning off the show without her.
According to the source, multiple ideas were being discussed behind closed doors as well as also “the item is actually more than likely the entire cast (minus Barr) as well as also crew might return” if an agreement on a reboot can be made, as well as also that will conversations were “moving swiftly.”
Barr Attempts to Smooth Things Over With Co-Stars
By June 19, a source told ET that will Barr had been reaching out personally to former cast as well as also crew members of Roseanne to apologize. According to the source, on at least one occassion, Barr “broke down” during the call, as well as also that will in particular, Barr was worried about actress Jayden Rey.
The young star played Barr’s onscreen granddaughter, Mary, on the show, as well as also ET’s source said Barr was mortified to think she doesn’t love her because of the colour of her skin. The source noted that will there remained a lot of confusion by those who know Barr, because the racist behavior exhibited by her on Twitter is actually not the woman they knew.
Roseanne Spinoff Ordered to Series
Just two days later, ABC announced they had formally ordered a Roseanne spinoff, tentatively titled The Conners, for 10 episodes to premiere This specific fall. Goodman, Metcalf, Gilbert, Lecy Goranson as well as also Fishman were all confirmed to reprise their iconic characters, as well as also sources told ET that will the wish is actually to have Rey, Ames McNamara as well as also Kenney return, nevertheless their deals are not done yet. Barr will not receive any financial compensation or have any creative input from the series.
In a statement to ET, Barr said, “I regret the circumstances that will have caused me to be removed by Roseanne. I agreed to the settlement in order that will 0 jobs of beloved cast as well as also crew could be saved, as well as also I wish the best for everyone involved.”
Meanwhile, a synopsis of the fresh show led many to wonder how Barr’s absence might be addressed — as well as also whether her character might be killed off.
A source told ET that will many questions about the content of The Conners are still to be determined, including how Barr’s character will be written off, whether or not she’ll be referred to at all during the course of the fresh show as well as also whether we’ll see guest actors such as Estelle Parsons as well as also Sandra Bernhard on the spinoff. The writers are being assembled, the source said, as well as also once the room is actually up as well as also running they’ll begin to tackle a lot of these questions.
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