Barr’s co-star Sara Gilbert also described her tweet as “abhorrent” and comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer, left the sitcom.
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.
Roseanne, which originally ran for nine series from 1988 to 1997, was one of the biggest shows on American television in its heyday and a hit with working class audiences around the world, lauded for its portrayal of a blue collar American family. It won three Golden Globes and four Emmys during its original run and turned its main cast Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert into household names.
ABC’s revival of Roseanne in March – after the sitcom’s two-decade hiatus – was a huge hit, with its season premiere garnering 18 million viewers for the network.
Much like the character she plays in the show, Barr is an avid supporter of US President Donald Trump, who called the comedian on the phone to congratulate her on the success of the show’s reboot.
The sitcom tackles American political divisions and is sympathetic to Trump voters. The president is yet to comment on the show’s cancellation.
Despite announcing that she was quitting Twitter following her remark, Barr has been very active on her account in the past few hours, telling people not to “feel sorry” for her and apologising to those who have lost their jobs because of the show’s cancellation.
Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan's podcast friday.
She then sent a direct apology message to Jarrett.
@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!
guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but…don't defend it please. ty
And again to say that she is “tired of being attacked & belittled”.
I'm sorry 4 my tweet, AND I will also defend myself as well as talk to my followers. so, go away if u don't like it. I will handle my sadness the way I want to. I'm tired of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse.
The cancellation of Roseanne comes two months after ABC awarded the show a 13-episode eleventh season based on the strength of its revival ratings.
A spokesman for Viacom, which owns various networks including Paramount, has confirmed the network will stop running old episodes and the streaming service Hulu has also announced Roseanne will be removed from its library.