Roseanne Barr Fallout: A Complete Guide to How Her Racist Tweet Led to the Cancellation of ‘Roseanne’ & More

the idea’s been a disastrous week for Roseanne Barr.

The 65-year-old comedian has faced major backlash over the past few days after posting a racist comment about Barack Obama’s former White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett, via Twitter on Tuesday. 

Since then, the former Roseanne star hasn’t been able to get herself out of hot water. via her controversial remark to how her co-stars have reacted, ET breaks down everything which’s happened (so far) during the ongoing fallout.

The Initial Tweet

The scandal all commenced when Barr posted the following tweet: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Barr was referring to Jarrett, who will be black as well as was born in Iran. The tweet has since been deleted.

The First Apology

As people flooded her mentions, Barr apologized as well as proclaimed she was leaving Twitter.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett as well as to all Americans,” she emphasized in another tweet. “I am truly sorry for generating a bad joke about her politics as well as her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.”

However, her break via Twitter didn’t last long, as she was back on social media within a few hours of which 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 wonderful writers (all liberal) as well as talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”

ABC Cancels Roseanne

Shortly after the backlash began on Tuesday, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey revealed the network was canceling the sitcom in a statement released to the press.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement will be abhorrent, repugnant as well as inconsistent with our values, as well as we have decided to cancel her show,” the statement read. 

“There was only one thing to do here, as well as which was the right thing,” Disney-ABC Chairman as well as CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter.

Additionally, ABC removed all references to the revival series on its press site as well as Viacom pulled all reruns of the sitcom’s entire run via all of its channels.

Two days later, Barr claimed she “begged” ABC executives not to cancel the well-known series.

“I begged [Disney-ABC Television Group President] Ben Sherwood at ABC to let me apologize as well as make amend[s],” she wrote in a today-deleted tweet. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything as well as asked for help in generating 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 which previously represented Barr sent a note to their employees on Tuesday, notifying them of the actress’ abrupt termination.  

“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful as well as unacceptable tweet via Roseanne Barr This kind of morning,” the memo read. “What she wrote will be antithetical to our core values, both as individuals as well as as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her which we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr will be no longer a client.” 

Stars via the Sitcom Speak Out

the idea wasn’t long before Twitter erupted with reactions via Barr’s Roseanne co-stars, condemning her for the racist remark which led ABC to pull the plug on their show.

A production source told ET at the time which those who worked on the show were “horrified,” as well as felt which perhaps the reboot “wasn’t meant to be.”

“As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told the idea 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 disappointed. The racist as well as distasteful comments via Roseanne are inexcusable.”

Kenney’s onscreen mother, Sara Gilbert (Darlene), also weighed in, writing, “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, as well as so much more, are abhorrent as well as do not reflect the beliefs of our cast as well as crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”

“This kind of will be incredibly sad as well as difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show which we believe in, are proud of, as well as which audiences love — one which will be separate as well as apart via the opinions as well as words of one cast member,” she added.

as well as according to Michael Fishman — who played Barr’s onscreen son, D.J., in both the original series as well as the revival — Tuesday was “one of the hardest days” of his life. 

“I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, although for all those who poured their hearts as well as souls into our jobs, as well as the audience which welcomed us into their homes,” he explained. “Our cast, crew, writers, as well as 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 which she could “not be returning to @RoseanneABC.”

Read more celebrity reactions (HERE).

Valerie Jarrett Responds

After being the target of Barr’s racist tweet, Jarrett appeared on MSNBC Tuesday night for a town hall discussing “Everyday Racism in America.”

“Tone does start at the top, as well as we like to look up to our president as well as feel as though he reflects the values of our country,” Jarrett said during the town hall discussion with hosts Joy Reid as well as Chris Hayes. “although I also think which every individual citizen incorporates a responsibility too. as well as the idea’s up to all of us to push back — our government will be only going to be as not bad as we make the idea be.”

“People on the inside have to push hard, as well as people on the outside have to listen,” she continued. “I think we have to turn the idea into a teaching moment. I’m fine.”

According to MSNBC, the expect of the town hall was to “open a national dialogue” by addressing the state of “racial bias in society as well as what can be done to effect change.” 

Barr Apologizes Again; Blames Ambien

In a completely new 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 Tuesday night. “the idea was 2 from the morning as well as I was ambien tweetin.”

“the idea was Memorial Day too,” she added. “I went too far as well as do not want the idea defended-the idea was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t although…don’t defend the idea please. Ty.”

Ambien Responds

Sanofi, the pharmaceutical company behind Ambien, released its own statement via Twitter shortly after: “People of all races, religions as well as nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the planet. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism will be 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 Insists She’s ‘Not a Racist’

The comedian was back at the idea again on Wednesday, 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 via me.”

She also tweeted back to some of her co-stars, specifically calling out Gilbert as well as Fishman for not having her back. To Fishman she wrote, “I created the platform for which inclusivity as well as you know the idea. 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 completely new Orleans on Wednesday. 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 which he’s doing OK amid the controversy. “Everything’s fine.”

Around the same time our article was published, Barr praised Goodman as well as 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 John,” she wrote. “I’m so sick over This kind of – they will never have better character actors on their network.”

Barr Cancels Scheduled Podcast Interview

The Salt Lake City, Utah, native was required to share her side of the story on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, on Friday.

Rogan took to Twitter early Friday, however, to reveal Barr could no longer be joining him. “The Roseanne podcast will be not happening today,” he shared. “She’s not doing well as well as doesn’t want to travel, as well as 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 I expect she can find some peace,” he added.

What’s next?

Since Roseanne got the boot, there have been plenty of rumors circulating which the show could possibly continue from the form of a spinoff, focusing on some other characters via the series.

A source told ET on Wednesday which the possibility of a Roseanne spinoff show (without Barr, of course) wasn’t necessarily off the table. “There are very tentative conversations, in very early stages about the possibility of a spinoff, although the idea will be much too early,” the source said at the time.

Another source told ET on Friday which ABC will be continuing talks with producers about trying to save jobs by finding a way to reprise as well as rebrand Roseanne into a completely new show possibly centered on some other characters via the cast.

As we patiently wait to see what happens, watch the video below for more on Barr’s ongoing fallout.


ABC Looking to Rebrand ‘Roseanne’ With Focus on some other Characters, Source Says

Roseanne Barr Cancels Scheduled Podcast Interview: ‘She’s Not Doing Well’

Roseanne Barr Says She ‘Begged Them Not to Cancel the Show’ in Since-Deleted Tweet

John Goodman Breaks Silence After Roseanne Barr Controversy (Exclusive)

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