Not only has ABC canceled “Roseanne,” but it is now being reported that the comedienne has been dropped from the talent agency, ICM Partners as well.
“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning,” said ICM Partners in a statement Tuesday. “What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
This afternoon news of the sitcom’s cancelation went viral along with a statement from ABC’s top brass.
“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 said in a statement.
“There was only one thing to do here and that was the right thing,” said Bob Iger, ABC chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.
This all started when the Trump supporter and star of ABC’s who fired off a racist tweet suggesting that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is an ape, reports BuzzFeed.
Barr attacked Jarrett, an African American woman who was born in Iran, in response to an article which unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama spied on the President of France. Barr’s Muslim comment toward Jarrett follows the thought process of conservatives who tried to unsuccessfully assert that Jarrett was behind a secret push to make America a “more Islamic country.” According to the fact-checking website, Snopes, that claim is “false.”
Barr took to Twitter to apologize for the smear saying, “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.” She says she plans to now leave Twitter (one can only hope for good.)
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
The classic sitcom was set to air a 13-episodes this fall, but ABC has put the kibosh on the show (probably angering many of her co-stars and the folks who work behind-the-scenes.) This is a remarkable move by the network since the show finished last season as the No. 1 scripted primetime television series in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen.
Barr’s costar, actress Emma Kenney is the first to come out on Twitter and respond to the show’s cancelation.
As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever.
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
Her racist past
As if Roseanne Barr’s repugnant Nazi pictures aren’t enough, the comedienne has taken offensive shots at more minorities, this time taking aim at ABC’s Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat on her resuscitated MAGA-sitcom Roseanne.
Roseanne’s latest pot-shots just prove that she’s truly one of Trump’s “deplorables” both on air and off.
Black Twitter had enough to say and responded with swift condemnation.
Good morning @ABCNetwork , @Disney. The public twitter comments of Roseanne Barr this morning are offensive and racist. They are not “a joke” but are consistent with repugnant commentary she has made and continues to make. This is unacceptable.
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 29, 2018
Just a free idea from me to you.
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) May 29, 2018
For the many who pay her no mind, Roseanne Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett was the result if a “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” Roseanne called a Black woman an ape. Where’s joke attempt? https://t.co/J2Nw3mGqUQ
— Touré (@Toure) May 29, 2018
This was not “a bad joke” my god, are you serious? Same ppl who see this as a joke are ppl who call 911 on black ppl breathing air.
Roseanne Barr Apologizes for Obama Aide ‘Joke,’ Says She’s ‘Leaving’ Twitter https://t.co/zDS3vQcvmj via @variety
— Rebecca Shuri She Ready Carroll (@rebel19) May 29, 2018
Lemme take this time to be PETTY AF. @therealroseanne making fun of someone’s looks is like Donald Trump aka Cheeto Satan calling someone’s hair “ridiculous.” Like, girl, you got ALL THE NERVE in the world. So much nerve. Peak nerve. Ultra nerve.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) May 29, 2018
Roseanne Barr is still calling black women “apes” – Now it’s Barack Obama’s former advisor and friend , Valerie Jarrett.
ABC should cancel Roseanne, her racism and bigotry are unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/lV2V1PM8cX
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) May 29, 2018