ABC has decided to pull the plug on Roseanne Bar’s show “Roseanne,” which had recently been put back on the air after it was canceled back in 2000. ABC canceled the show hours after Roseanne tweeted racist tweets about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Mr. Obama throughout his presidency. In the tweet, she refers to Valerie Jarrett as someone who looks like the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.
Roseanne apologized after she tweeted the joke but it was a little too late. Hours after her apology ABC issued a statement,
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey.
Several of her castmates also tweeted their response to Roseanne’s racial tweet. Sarah Gilber who plays Darlene on the show tweeted,
“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. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
The show had been doing well in the ratings and had been scheduled for Season 13.