ABC Cancels Roseanne Over Racist Tweet
In the US, the ABC network has cancelled the re-boot of the sitcom Roseanne.
It's after the show's star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett - a former advisor to Barack Obama.
In the tweet, she suggested Ms Jarrett was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes" - writing: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
ABC reposted Rosanne Barr’s (now deleted) tweet in their article. She was referring to Valerie Jarrett - an African-American woman, lawyer and senior adviser to former US President Barack Obama pic.twitter.com/8Fe31mnp4T— Jack Quann (@jqbilbao) May 29, 2018
Barr issued an apology.
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
Her co-star Sara Gilbert's called the comments 'abhorrent', and said they don't reflect the beliefs of anyone else involved in 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
Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, said in a brief statement: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show".
While Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Disney, said in a tweet there was "only one thing to do."
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.
Additional reporting: Jack Quann