Even the late night face of ABC knows his network was playing with fire when it got into bed with Roseanne Barr.
On “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night, the host broke down the abrupt cancellation of “Roseanne” after the star’s racist tweet earlier that day.
“You’re not going to believe this but she tweeted something outrageous,” Kimmel deadpanned.
“ABC today decided to cancel their highest-rated show, Roseanne, following a tweet in which Roseanne compared an African-American woman, a former adviser to President Obama, to an ape, which did not sit well with ABC management…or anyone with a brain, really.”
The finale of “Roseanne” was a series low, but still won the night.
The network axed the rebooted family comedy after Barr, 65, called Valerie Jarrett, the former senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, the baby of the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”
She apologized for her “bad joke,” but that wasn’t enough for ABC and network president Channing Dungey, who called the tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
Kimmel said the cancellation was a “huge blow” because they “don’t have much on this network.”
“We’re hoping the NBA finals go 11 games this year. We’re still airing ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos,'” Kimmel said.
“‘Roseanne’ was a bigly hit for ABC and we need it.”
So as a solution, the talk show host proposed a new show, “Dan,” that includes everything but the controversial lead.
After a temporary Twitter break, Barr returned to the social media site to retweet people defending her, as well as issue an apology to Jarrett.
“I wanted to apologize to you for hurting and upsetting you with an insensitive and tasteless tweet,” she wrote. “I am truly sorry — my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake (which) caused hundreds of people to lose their jobs.”
At an MSNBC town hall taped at 4 p.m. and aired Tuesday evening, Jarrett said she was “fine.”
“I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense,” she said.
“The person who’s walking down the street, minding their own business, and they see somebody cling to their purse or walk across the street.”