Lead actress and comedian, Roseanne Barr caused major controversy yesterday when she came out with a tweet bashing Valerie Jarrett, who was a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama. She went off on a rant about her and then followed up with a later tweet saying "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = VJ". It was obvious this was geared at Valerie. ABC then decided to cancel the show immediately after her tweet did damage on the internet...
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
Roseanne did later apologize and tried to justice her behavior by saying that "it was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was Memorial Day too-I went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake-I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please." She also tweeted an apology and kept pleading that people don't defend her. At least she is taking accountability and acknowleding that what she did was wrong...
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
hey guys, don't defend me, it's sweet of you 2 try, but...losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 30, 2018
While Roseanne acknowledges her mistake, the damage has already been done. Her words don't just affect her, but that of her co-stars and the show as a whole. Her image represents the show as a whole so naturally her comments make everyone look bad. Her co-stars therefore spoke out about the tweet and the cancelling of the show. The overwhelming feeling was that of disappointment and sadness.
Here Sara Gilbert, the actor who plays one of Roseanne's daughters, Darlene on the show spoke out...
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.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
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.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
Followed by Michael Fishman, the actor who played Roseanne's son on the show...
Emma Kenney, the actress who played Roseanne's granddaughter, also took to Twitter
I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. Bullies will NEVER win.— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the Roseanne show, immediately decided that she was going to leave the show. This was even before ABC officially cancelled the show.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
All in all, this was a very poor decision on Roseanne's part. A decision she is now regretting and acknowledges. A majority of her co-stars and crew are upset or disappointed by her because they had something good going and were receiving good reviews and ratings from the show. It's a shame it had to come to an end so quickly after such a stupid mistake.
For more of the fallout from Roseanne's tweet and the cancellation of the show to follow, read on HERE.