In a shocking move by ABC, the network announced it would cancel Roseanne Barr’s wildly successful sitcom reboot following pressure from an outraged Twitter mob.
Earlier on Tuesday, Barr incited a massive backlash attacking former Obama advisor Valerie Jarret. The iconic American comedian identified Jarrett, who was born in Iran, as a child of the Islamist organization Muslim Brotherhood and the movie “Planet of the Apes.”
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials, in response to a tweet accusing Jarrett of helping to hide illegal deeds of the Obama administration.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, ABC president Channing Dungey said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Before the network’s stunning announcement, Barr tweeted an apology, saying, “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.”
Mainstream media and leftists were quick to label Barr’s language as “racist.”
Immediately after the reboot of her show aired, ABC renewed the sitcom for another season. The premier episode had a viewership of over 20 million. The show depicts Roseanne as a Trump supporter at odds with many members of her family, and addresses issues important to many working and middle class Americans, like illegal immigration and the opioid crisis.
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