ABC Networks said it has canceled Roseanne, the hit show by Roseanne Barr, in a statement released Tuesday, after she suggested former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes.
In what can only be described as poetic justice, the famous comedian was fired by a black woman for her racist jokes about a black woman.
Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment and the first black person to head a major broadcast network, announced the cancellation of Barr’s show. Disney CEO Bob Iger retweeted Dungey’s statement with a message of his own:
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.
“ABC Television has done the right thing by immediately cancelling Roseanne. Whether it was Imus calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball disparaging names, a cartoonist at the New York Post making a cartoon of President Barack Obama portraying him as an ape, or a well-refined public servant like Valerie Jarrett being depicted as an ape by Roseanne Barr, there is no place in media for racism,” Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement.
Before ABC’s announcement of the show’s cancellation, the comedian took to Twitter to apologize to Jarrett and all Americans “for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks.”
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.
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
Statement from the NAACP:
“Roseanne Barr’s comments were appalling and reminiscent of a horrific time in our history when racism was not only acceptable but promoted by Hollywood. We applaud ABC for taking a stand against racism by canceling Roseanne today. We commend the network and its president Channing Dungey for placing the values of diversity, inclusion and respect for humanity above ratings,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.
Some of Barr’s colleagues have publicly rebuked and/or quit the show.
Emma Kenney, who played Harris, Roseanne’s granddaughter on the show, said she’d called her manager to quit before she found out that it was canceled.
I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene on the show:
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
Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on the show, also said she wasn’t returning:
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018