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ABC Axes Roseanne’s Hit Show After Her Tweets Disparaging Obama Alum, Valerie Jarrett

ABC Axes Roseanne’s Hit Show After Her Tweets Disparaging Obama Alum, Valerie Jarrett

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC.

Tuesday, ABC announced it was cancelling Roseanne Barr’s hit TV show after the actress made less than kind remarks about former Obama advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

Barr tweeted, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” After intense backlash, Barr clarified, saying she was joking.

According to the Washington Times, Barr deleted the tweet:

Her tweet referred to Ms. Jarrett, who is black, as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.” The tweet appears to have been deleted.

Ms. Jarrett served as senior adviser to former President Barack Obama.

Comic Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer for the show, announced that she would not return to work on the program.

The show is on hiatus for the summer after wrapping up the season last week.

Barr apologized for her tweet and announced she was leaving Twitter.

Roseanna has a long history of off-color and somewhat offensive stunts.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC entertainment president.

The reboot of Roseanne raked in killer numbers, irking critics who were less than thrilled that a pro-Trump, middle-American show could do so well without their blessing.


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Yes, it was in very bad taste. You would think any reasonable human knows that in the 21st century, twitter is going to be used against you and humor is never considered an acceptable defense.

But they didn’t cancel her show because of one less-than-nice tweet. They canceled her show because she didn’t hate Trump enough. The tweet was just an excuse.

    PODKen in reply to irv. | May 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    She voted for Trump … she doesn’t hate Trump at all.

    Exiliado in reply to irv. | May 29, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    There are all kinds of insults and offensive stuff on Twitter, but not everybody gets punished.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to irv. | May 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    ABC is an expert in abhorrent, repugnant values. All they do is support deplorables.

    myiq2xu in reply to irv. | May 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    ABC was embarrassed by their hit show. The Roseanne reboot was supposed to be a one-and-done, but then it took off and they couldn’t cancel the #1 show.

    Today she gave them an excuse to fire her. Now they can tell their shareholders that the firing wasn’t about Trump.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to myiq2xu. | May 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Wish we could sic Roseanne on these Dems.

      Feinstein (D) staffer took $50 million to continue the Russia Russia Russia fraud.

      Yippy in reply to myiq2xu. | May 30, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      These networks never learn, remember Duck Dynasty? They thought it would be a one and done too. Isn’t it ironic that their show got cancelled to over a provocative statement? They just can’t accept that a conservative show can be so popular.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to irv. | May 30, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Valerie Jarrett was offended because the Planet of the Apes woman is far better looking that her.
    The comment was funny, ABC being stupid enough to to cancel the show is funny, it is an incredibly expensive mistake on their part.

“…abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values” I thought those things were Roseanne’s intended claim to fame.

    rdm in reply to snopercod. | May 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    They were all things they liked when they thought she was on their side. They only became unacceptable when she committed heresy.

      neanderthal in reply to rdm. | May 29, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      When she said this kind of thing about Bush, she was just “speaking truth to power.”

      Say it about anyone in the Obama administration, though …..

      Clearly, “speaking truth to power” is only wonderful if it’s the ‘right’ power.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to neanderthal. | May 30, 2018 at 7:33 am

        Barr is prone to skewer people from both sides of the aisle. We should be raising hell about unfettered black racism, and their constant stream of lies about nearly everything.

    Frank G in reply to snopercod. | May 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Like Keith Olbermann, who was just rehired by ESPN/ABC/Disney

as a product of the Muslim Brotherhoo
shes not wrong

    Milhouse in reply to dmacleo. | May 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    She is wrong. There is no conceivable connection between Valerie Jarrett and the Moslem Brotherhood, prior to her becoming part of an administration that was friendly to it and gave it a major boost.

      if you were smart enough to follow breadcrumbs (like trained investigators as myself) I would show you the trail.
      sadly you’re not so all we are left with is the sucking sound as you kiss my ass.
      told you before no sense replying to me as I would seldom reply, however this opportunity presented itself nicely.
      so f**k off

        Milhouse in reply to dmacleo. | May 29, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        There is no trail. You are a damned liar.

          Fen in reply to Milhouse. | May 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm

          Judicial Watch has to information re Jarret’s ties with Communist groups and the Moslem brotherhood. I think from her FBI file.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | May 29, 2018 at 6:10 pm

          The Communist Party, yes. The Brotherhood, no. She has no connection to the Brotherhood (or as far as I can tell to any Moslems, Shia or Sunni) from before she hooked up with the 0bamas.

          The Brotherhood agent in the 0bama White House was Abedin, not Jarrett, and Abedin was a Clinton loyaist, no connection to Jarrett at all.

          JohnSmith100 in reply to Milhouse. | May 29, 2018 at 9:38 pm

          Milhouse, you are sounding like Rags.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | May 29, 2018 at 10:15 pm

          I’ll take that as a compliment. Have you got any objection to what I wrote? Can you cite any basis at all for linking Jarrett to the Moslem Brotherhood, other than her membership in the 0bama administration? Can you give any defense at all for dmacleo, maxillion, and Fen, any reason why they are not filthy disgusting liars? If not, then what’s your problem with my saying so? These people poison this blog. They need to be banned before they turn it into infowars.

      maxmillion in reply to Milhouse. | May 29, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      The “conceivable” connection was her father’s splooge.

OK, precedence has been set. The unfunny, obnoxious late-night hosts are gone.
And the writers of Saturday Night Live.
And April Ryan of CNN.
And Alyssa Milano – oh, wait – does she even have a real job?

I realize the double-standard in play here. Those folks are perfectly safe. Rosanne made the mistake of posting something derogatory towards a protected class, 0bama’s closest advisor.

She’s disgusting. It’s bad enough to even think such rubbish, but to say it in a public forum?

The problem is that—because of Barr’s unmitigated stupidity and insensitivity—she’s added more fuel to the fires of racism in this country. Don’t these people understand what they’re doing?

Just makin’ things worse … dumb ass.

    casualobserver in reply to tiger66. | May 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Hard to tell if you are serious or just trolling. One tweet will hardly change the inertia of race relations in this country. Maybe you’re just being hyperbolic to get attention….

      PODKen in reply to casualobserver. | May 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Well … maybe we’re already so divided that tweets have little impact. OTOH … each tweet gives us a reason to hate the other guy. I don’t think this aspect of social media does any of us any good.

    Shane in reply to tiger66. | May 29, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    And the beheaded Trump, where does that stand with you?

    Speech is speech, that you don’t like it or find it to be without any merit, shows your true colors.

    scooterjay in reply to tiger66. | May 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Stephen Colbert calls the President “Putin’s Cockholder” and keeps his job…….

    JohnSmith100 in reply to tiger66. | May 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    It was funny, all public figures are subject to being made fun of. I think that we need a large number of people dissing those to lean heavily on false claims of racism. It would be the equivalent of desensitization shots.

    katiejane in reply to tiger66. | May 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Hard to believe that anyone would think racial issues will get better until all of the perceived offenses against POC have been picked at and we really hate each other.

She screwed up and has to pay the price. Stupidity in this Twitter day and age, and she should have known better.

Why is Kimmel still there. Ever see him impersonate Karl Malone?

    4th armored div in reply to oldschooltwentysix. | May 29, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    ya got a prob ? it’s all in good fun/LOL
    the only standards the left has is to criticize normative behavior.

    Barr is funny but a jerk to have used social media.

    Kimmel is just a jerk and has NOT been funny for a long, long time. He thinks that his words came down from the mountain – when they really came up from the pit.

Maybe another network offered more money for the show and this was her way of getting out of her ABC contract. Nothing in Hollywood is to be observed without adequate skepticism.

Keith Obermann and the members of The View could not be reached for comment.

As Kurt Schlichter has said, “You’ll really hate playing by the same rules that you put on us normal.” Let’s play ball.

casualobserver | May 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Funny how fast this happened. Not suggesting any conspiracy. But given how much revenue ABC just threw away, the haste is pretty noteworthy.

    When business’ are no longer interested in making money, is when you should no longer patronize them. I don’t give two fucks what WalMart’s (or any business’) ideology is. If they foist their political or idealogical views on me, I have been around long enough to know that they won’t make it in business and I should quickly remove my patronage.

VaGentleman | May 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Tim Allen smiled!

Wait, I’m confused. Does this mean Roseanne will be hosting the next White House Correspondits Dinner, or is that show getting cancelled too?

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | May 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Disney’s subsidiary ESPN just re-hired the vile, grotesque worm Keith Ogremann. I bet his twitter has tweets that are “…abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”.

It only ever goes one way.

    4th armored div in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | May 29, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    i don’t tweet, but those who have an account need to complain and show the phoniness of the outrage.

    planet of the apes were offended by being compared to VJ.

    Keith is off the leash until after the 2020 election.

    Off. The. Leash. levels of crazy.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | May 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    It goes both ways. You either can’t see it or don’t want to. The Dixie Chicks are gone and Bill Maher got fired from his ABC show called ‘Politically Correct’ for agreeing with Dinesh D’Souza (of all people) that the 9/11 terrorists were not cowards.

    Oh yeah, the Smothers Bros were cancelled after numerous battles with network including Pete Seeger being censored.

    Come to think of it, there was a whole generation writers and actors who were blacklisted during the McCarthy. Whether you think the blacklist was justified or not, you cannot deny that they were censored.

    Could you people drop the ‘Double Standard’ and ‘hypocrisy’ complaints? They a specious arguments and sound like whining. Both sides do it and both sides complain about it. If you can’t see that you are incredibly ignorant.

      MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 30, 2018 at 9:55 am

      You routinely demonstrate an amazing obtuseness with your comments. Disney’s double standards and hypocrisy ARE the issue.

      None of the historic examples you cite involve an organization firing someone for one reason while almost simultaneously hiring someone else who has engaged in substantially similar conduct.

      In this case, ABC said it fired Roseanne for making statements that are “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”. Yet just a few days earlier, ESPN, another Disney property, re-hired Keith Ogremann, a man with a long known history of statements that are “abhorrent” and “repugnant”. Bob Iger, Disney’s Chairman, tweeted he approved of Roseanne’s firing but he did not step in to prevent the hiring of Ogremann. If the principle is that people with a history of making “abhorrent and repugnant” comments should not be employed as on air talent at Disney properties, then why did he allow Ogremann to be employed?

      Ogremann is employed because Disney/Iger is a hypocrite applying a double standard.

        YellowGrifterInChief in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | May 30, 2018 at 11:04 am

        Iger either is a hypocrite or he simply doesn’t agree that Keith Olbermann makes statements that are “abhorrent” and “repugnant”.

        You appear to be obtuse or perhaps just disingenuous. What difference does the stated reason for her show’s cancellation make when everyone knows the real reason? He may even have chosen the reason for contractual reasons.

        Your double standard consists of denying that Iger is a capitalist. If he felt he could make money with Roseanne she would still be planning her 2nd season.

        If anything, Iger might be considered courageous. He risks the ire of Trump – a man who is notorious for his vindictiveness. In the examples I gave, the networks could be perceived as courting the favor of the government.

First they came for Han Solo and I said nothing, then they came for that big mouth Roseanne Barr and I said ‘ ABC had the right’ to fire such a ‘toxic’ human being, then they came for me because I had commented at LI.

The time has come for common sense Free Speech reform.

1) Ban Twitter
2) Boycott any business associated with ACLU
3) 30 day waiting period for a Facebook post
4) limit high capacity editorialists to 1 article a month.

No. She’s the one with the prob, as she admitted. There is no way to translate humor on Twitter, and she should have realized that.

As for Kimmel, it’s not about if he’s funny or not, or his pontifications, but his racism.

The worst part is the sanctimony and virtue signals from those who are no better and who knew of wrongs, yet stayed silent.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to oldschooltwentysix. | May 29, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    “translate humor on Twitter, and she should have realized that.”

    ABC should know better. Anyone associated with politics is fair game.

Jarrett’s black?

Huh. I had no idea.

    amwick in reply to tom_swift. | May 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    One of her maternal great grandfathers was the first black person admitted to MIT or something..

    What she said was stupid and was a poor example of any kind of racial humor,, it was disparaging, but it has triggered a landslide of virtue signalling. I hope the leftist comedians get the same treatment.

    Pretty soon comedians will be extinct as a group.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tom_swift. | May 30, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Neither did she!!!!!!

Simian derivatives are out. Evolution is in bad taste.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to n.n. | May 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Those left behind by evolution tend to be deplorables.

      Evolution is a chaotic process. Everyone is left behind, carried forward, trapped in a state, an seemingly magically transformed.

        JohnSmith100 in reply to n.n. | May 29, 2018 at 10:03 pm

        Those who receive desirable traits end up smarter, healthier, live longer, etc. In the process, those who are inferior end up dying out.
        Social problems occur when people are just smart enough to understand that they are not smart enough to make the grade. That causes considerable resentment.

So much for the jobs that had been created by the show.

More Streisand Effect. This will call attention to the joke and to the “victim” of the joke.

Not to mention calling attention to all the liberals who make crude jokes. MeToo, anyone? How did that work out?

It was bad, but far less offensive than what many people who still have contracts have written about Trump, Pence, Palin, W Bush, Condi Rice, etc. Almost none of them have even bothered to apologize, let alone had their contracts canceled anyway. The only exception I can think of is Katy Griffin, and her stunt was an order of magnitude more offensive than this.

    There *may* be a little bit of Hillary-Kicking going on here too. I’ve noticed how *every* news story on this (top of each hour) makes absolute certain to say the exact quote they considered so terrible and offensive. It’s a little like when Trump throws out an insult and the MSM go into full parrot mode to spray the comment all over every living human they can reach.

Screw ’em, I thought it was funny.

Pardon me while I laugh my ass off…HA,HA,HA,HA,HA!!!!

I’ve been working on a new app. for you Twitter folks…

Type your twitter post and when you click the Tweet button…
A big hand comes out of the screen, slaps you up-side the head and says:

“HEY…Moron, Do you REALLY want to send this stupid statement?”
“It will be read by people who are even…DUMBER THAN YOU!!”

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I like how they called it a racist comment. MB is not a race… nor is Islam a race. Since when is Planet of the Apes racist???? That the perpetually offended screamed it was racist says a LOT more about them than what Rosanne said about VJ. And since when is VJ a protected flower? Since when did comedians not push buttons and make crude jokes? Did no one know what Rosanne’s stand up act was??

She triggered them, but good. I’m only sorry she apologized.

    Anchovy in reply to RobM. | May 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Because when the racially awareness raised politically correct see a reference to lower primates like apes, they automatically associate that with black people.

    Milhouse in reply to RobM. | May 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Calling a black person an ape is just as racist as calling a Jew a vampire. It evokes a standard racist trope.

      c0cac0la in reply to Milhouse. | May 29, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Milhouse, you seem to very eager to play technicalities when it suits your argument but here you are using implications.

      Can you definitively argue that she was comparing Jarrett to an ape? It could’ve been anything in that movie that she was making a reference to. She didn’t say that Jarett was a cross between a Muslim and an ape, rather than it was between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Milhouse. | May 30, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Milhouse is correct. One way to test a racial slur is to see if it’s ever used against other races. Are whites ever compared to or referred to as ‘apes’? Are Asians? Hispanics? Nope. Just blacks, ergo racist.

      Barre was clearly calling Jarrett a cross between a Muslim and an ‘ape’, meaning a black. How that’s not racist, I do not know.

        Anchovy in reply to Henry Hawkins. | May 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

        I recall Bush being compared to a chimpanzee frequently.

          Henry Hawkins in reply to Anchovy. | May 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm

          I suspect that was based on perceptions of his IQ rather than race. He was also compared to a box of rocks, a doornail, and a bag of hammers.

          Barry in reply to Anchovy. | May 30, 2018 at 4:55 pm

          “I suspect that was based on perceptions of his IQ rather than race.”

          The why the caricatured pictures showing Bush looking a bit monkey?

          Not that the progs didn’t also knock his IQ as they perceived it.

daniel_ream | May 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Comic Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer for the show

I do wonder when you all are going to figure out that her show was never “conservative”.

    willow in reply to daniel_ream. | May 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Anyone who watched the original series already knew the show was not an example of conservatism.

    maxmillion in reply to daniel_ream. | May 30, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Maybe you ought to figure out that real conservatives have broad tastes, and as such they find value in many things that others might say don’t seem to be all that conservative

I gotta say that I really don’t care about any of this. I have no idea what set Barr off, but nothing that she tweeted was overly offensive, though much of it was inaccurate. It certainly was not enough for a commercial television network to cancel a hugely popular television show [#3 in total viewers and #3, with a 5.0, in the 18-49 demographic]. in the past, such things were usually handled by simply claiming that the person making the statements had an alcohol or drug problem [which clearly made that person a victim and excused any and all of their actions in the entertainment industry] and they were bundled off to a spa in Palm Springs or Vegas for a few weeks. So, to see the network ax this show within hours of these tweets indicates that there was something else at work in this decision.

I suspect, that the show was picked up and expected to appear supportive of Trump but was expected to fail miserably, being cancelled after only a few shows. Thereby proving that the nation does not like Trump and that the Presidency was stolen from Clinton. This did not happen. So, when Barr tweeted this weekend, ABC executives saw the perfect opportunity to wrap themselves in social righteousness and ax the show without teeing off their shareholders. After all, one does not shoot its best producing milk cow simply because it is white.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Mac45. | May 29, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    They do if the sponsors go “Bye, bye”. Apparently the show was about to stop producing green milk.

      I doubt there was any boycott by advertisers. After all, when you have a solid 17.5 million viewers every week, advertisers will be lining up to purchase time. And, the show is on re-runs for several weeks. So, there was ample time to redeem Barr and save the show.

      No, this reaction was just waiting for the trigger. And, for whatever reason Barr provided that.

        YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Mac45. | May 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        From Forbes aka the Capitalist’s Tool The Day Roseanne Discovered What ‘Brand Safety’ Means

        If you bothered to check, there are stories by non-partisan Variety and others speculating that this was about ad dollars.

          So, here is the skinny on the Rosanne advertisers. Rosanna advertisers were being charged for air time as advertisers on other, more established shows, from the get-go. Usually, advertisers pay less for time on a new, unproven show than they would pay for similar time on a show with an established viewership. This was not the case with Rosanne. Yet, there was no indication that potential advertisers were going to abandon the show, especially after its impressive opening season run. The point? Despite advertising rates rates which should actually have discouraged advertisers from supporting the show, it was a success anyway. Now, if there were valid business reasons for cancelling the show, its cancellation would have been announced last week, along with the rest of the cancellations, and that did not happen. This cancellation had nothing to do with any alleged business problems.

          Now, one thing to remember about most of these articles attempting to paint this cancellation as solely business related [including the Variety article] is to note that they are being published AFTER the cancellation, not before. Quick, call the spin doctor. This was the number 3 show in terms of viewership and within the target demographic, for the 2018 season. There were no reported production problems. Advertisers were paying top dollar for time. Remember how both Hannity and Ingraham were going to be driven off the air by a withdrawal of advertiser support? didn’t happen, did it? Why? because most advertisers advertise so that people will buy their products and make money for them. Audience numbers attract advertisers to shows, not ideology. So, to suddenly have people claiming that advertisers were leaving the show and placing it in financial trouble, before the Barr tweets, or that no advertisers would be interested in three or four months, when the show resumed, is without foundation.

She forgot to use the Joy Reid excuse. Her first mistake was apologizing for it. If she’d just claim that her twitter got hacked. It’d been ok. Hire a forensic technician to concoct a fake story.

Ok maybe not. No free passes for any Trump supporters.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to c0cac0la. | May 29, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    If you want to claim you were hacked, you have to disavow the tweets. What is the difference between that and apologizing?

    BTW, she only apologized for the 1 tweet. There were others that were weird or defamatory. Maybe someone will sue and take her blue-collar Hawaiian estate.

    Aw, Trump supporters don’t get any free passes. You are a perfect Trump sucker. You don’t know anything about the new swamp he has created for his dues paying supporters.

Not next season, but the year after, I bet Fox will pick up Roseanne’s show.

buckeyeminuteman | May 30, 2018 at 6:21 am

Roseanne Barr should have never been put in front of a camera after her disgusting rendition of the national anthem. If you have now gotten fooled twice by Roseanne, shame on you.

clayusmcret | May 30, 2018 at 6:23 am

I’m not a Roseanne fan, never watched her new show and didn’t plan to. However, if ABC is going to cancel Roseanne’s show for her crude joke remarks, they better get started cancelling a whole lot of other shows for their liberal actors’ crude and not-in-jest comments routinely made at conservatives.

If you see racism where none was referenced, that’s a you problem.

Henry Hawkins | May 30, 2018 at 11:27 am

Roseanna has been a loose cannon since her days as a stand-up comedienne. This is all utterly predictable and mundane by the record she’s had.