Roseanne Barr says former first lady Michelle Obama is responsible for her getting canned from the reboot of her ABC series last year.
The comedy series Roseanne was canceled in May 2018 after Barr posted a series of tweets that called former President Barack Obama‘s aide Valerie Jarrett a cross between “Planet of the Apes” and the Islamic Brotherhood.
During a interview with The Sunday Times, she noted that former ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey was responsible for canceling Roseanne.
“[Obama] said, ‘This tweet is unforgivable.’ That’s what I was told and I tend to believe it, because the woman who fired me is now working with the Obamas at Netflix,” Barr explained to The Sunday Times (via The Sun).
Dungey was tapped by Netflix last year to work on original programming, including content from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions.
The comedian agreed to an undisclosed settlement with the network to walk away quietly from her show so ABC could make way for her on-screen family, The Conners.
In a statement, Barr said at the time, “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from ‘Roseanne.’ I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”
But she was singing a different tune during her chat with The Times.
“They think because they killed me it’s OK to use me, use the memory of me,” she fumed to The Times. “Still mention me. It’s still my show, but they stole it. They are going to do it to other comics. I’m just the first.”
In the “Roseanne” spinoff The Conners, her character was killed off in an opioid overdose. But Barr wasn’t feeling that plot twist, so she lashed out about her onscreen death.
In a joint statement between Barr and her rabbi, they noted that the killing off the Roseanne Conner character was “an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.“
The statement continued: “Roseanne was the only show on television that directly addressed the deep divisions threatening the very fabric of our society. The show brought together characters of different political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds in one, unified family, a rarity in modern American entertainment.”
Barr was back in the headlines last week when she called #MeToo accusers “hoes.”