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ABC has put an end to its mega-successful revival of sitcom “Roseanne” after its star when on an unexpected Twitter rant this morning. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey in a statement.
Earlier today Roseanne Barr sent a politically charged tweet linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet saying former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran, is like the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”
“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 later tweeted, after writing she was quitting Twitter.
Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, immediately quit. Social media, meanwhile, immediately lit up with criticism of both Barr and ABC, with some calling on the network to either suspend the star, or cancel her show. ABC chose the latter and has not announced what will now anchor Tuesday next season.