Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

ABC canceled its top-rated show Tuesday after Barr described former Obama administration adviser Jarrett, an African-American, as the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes".

Meanwhile, three Roseanne executive producers, Dave Caplan, Bruce Helford and Bruce Rasmussen, reportedly already have plans in the work for a pilot project with Tom Werner for ABc.

2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said ABC had "been looking for a reason to cancel Roseanne". She also lashed out at co-stars, saying they threw her under the bus. One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting for civil rights for all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER be taken from me, ' she said in one post.

In a now-deleted message, she wrote: "Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me".

Although President Trump didn't explicitly come to Barr's defense, he did imply ABC was guilty of hypocrisy. Barr later apologized and said she would stop posting on Twitter.


"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show", ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement, via Variety. Her social media past includes a racist tweet about former national security adviser Susan Rice and support for conspiracy theories like "pizzagate". "I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please". "She's not going to go on TV and say these things".

Sanders, who had kept her answers to other questions relatively succinct, made a lengthy defense of Trump's tweet, saying that "no one's defending what she said" and calling Barr's comment "inappropriate".

It is true that Iger called Jarrett and told her about the decision to cancel "Roseanne" shortly before it was announced on Tuesday.

The Disney CEO then went a step further and called Jarrett, according to the president. It was fairly demeaning when he'd gone there to ask her to sign papers.

"How do you stop someone who does something like this in the middle of the night?" he said.


As for how he's doing, Goodman said: "Everything's fine".

Replying to the tweet, Barr wrote, simply, "Not true".

"A lot of comics say awful things", Harbert said.

"Tone does start at the top, and we like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country", Jarrett said.

"It has been 24 years, so I don't know that I know who Roseanne is", he says.


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