Roseanne Barr posted a racist Tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett yesterday and within hours, ABC canceled “Roseanne”, despite it being TV’s most-watched show this year.
A few hours later, she Tweeted, quote, “I’m now leaving Twitter . . . I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I’m truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should’ve known better. Forgive me, my joke was in bad taste.”
ABC wasted no time in firing her.
Three hours after her apology, the network said, quote, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we’ve decided to cancel her show.”
ABC is owned by Disney, and they weren’t having it.
Disney CEO Bob Iger Tweeted, quote, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.” He also said, quote, “You can’t debate what is morally right.”
Roseanne didn’t just lose her show.
She was also dropped by her agency, ICM Partners, which called the Tweet “disgraceful and unacceptable.”
ABC has scrapped its Emmy promotion on behalf of the show.
Meanwhile, “Roseanne” is disappearing everywhere, Hulu dropped it, and the Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT have pulled their scheduled re-runs.