Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Roseanne Barr Controversy: Ambien Responds to Excuse for Racist Tweet

Roseanne Barr Controversy: Ambien Responds to Excuse for Racist Tweet

ABC Entertainment canceled "Roseanne" on Tuesday after Barr published a now-deleted tweet that included a racist slur against former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

"Wow! Unreal", Barr wrote in response, adding, "I understand her position and why she said what she said".

Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff-I'm not a censor and they have the right to do what they wish.

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Barr tweeted about Jarett Tuesday: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

Following this news, comedian and consultant on the sitcom Wanda Sykes announced she was leaving the show.

The audacity. Roseanne Barr is blaming the racist tweet that got her show canceled with the quickness on "Ambien Tweeting".

Barr initially tried to backtrack from the comments saying they were a joke, but appears to have changed her tone. I feel so empowered by @IAmWandaSykes, Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. "He said he had zero tolerance. and I appreciate that", she said. "I understand her position and why she said what she said", Roseanne writes, "i forgive her".

Nikpour tried to shift the conversation and replied, "Let's just look at what she said..."

"I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry". She also apologized to everyone who had lost their jobs on the show due to her "stupid tweet".

Actor Don Cheadle called out the apparent racism in Barr's tweets. Barr only recently returned to Twitter after taking a break from the social media site following a December feud with people who responded harshly to her tweets praising President Trump and criticizing Hillary Clinton.

During this all, Barr also retweeted a number of offensive posts in hopes of showing that it was her politics that ultimately led to her termination.

The current Roseanne was ABC's biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drawing an average 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, according to Nielsen data through May 20.

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