Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Roseanne Barr apologises to Valerie Jarrett over ‘misunderstanding’ - insults haircut

Roseanne Barr apologises to Valerie Jarrett over ‘misunderstanding’ - insults haircut

Barr has since offered several defenses for her choice of words - which compared Jarrett to Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood - including insisting she was misunderstood, under the influence of Ambien, and repeatedly contending that she didn't know Jarrett was black.

The stand up comic turned sitcom star has insisted that she thought Jarrett was white and that she is not a racist.

She added that the first few times she left her home following her firing from ABC she said 'never in my career of 30-something years have I felt the love and support of people on the street than I do now'. In the episode, she talked at length about her Jewish faith and her family and promised she wouldn't make excuses for what she said. "That's what was in my head".

"You could have knocked me over with a feather when they said she was African-American", Barr told Hannity of the moment when executives from ABC asked her to explain the posting.

Addressing Jarrett directly, the comic said she "never meant" to cause hurt.


"If she's watching, I'm so sorry that you thought I was racist and that you thought my tweet was racist", Barr said.

"So is forgiveness dead in America?" he asked.

"I've apologized a lot, it's been two months", Barr said. It cost me everything, my life's work. "I am somebody who cares about civil rights", she said.

As for whether she's going to lay off Jarrett now. she tells us we'll have to wait and see.

According to Barr, "He constantly put his hands all over me".


"That is a tweet about asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran deal, which Valerie Jarrett is the author of", Roseanne said. And people think that I did that and it just kills me.

She said: "I hope you'll try to understand me and accept my apologies for my part in this big misunderstanding'".

Her explanations have shifted nearly since the controversy began. But she also expressed pride in the ratings success that the "Roseanne" revival had, saying, "They can't take that away from me no matter what's happened".

The "View" co-hosts sat down on Friday with Rabbi Schmuley Boteach, a friend of Barr, who said Barr has still not been forgiven for the tweet.

ABC has since confirmed it will broadcast a spin-off called "The Connors" - featuring cast members including John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf - after Barr relinquished any creative or financial involvement.


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