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August 25, 2019

Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for racist tweets, apologizes to Valerie Jarrett

May 30, 2018
Roseanne Barr apologized to Valerie Jarrett for her racist tweet, and said she was “Ambien tweeting.” (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Hours after her ABC sitcom was put on the chopping block, Roseanne Barr returned from her short-lived Twitter hiatus to issue a direct apology to Valerie Jarrett for a racist tweet the comedian claims was Ambien-induced.

Barr, 65, tagged Jarrett in a tweet early Wednesday morning that appealed to the former Obama senior adviser directly.

“I don’t know if you saw it, but I wanted to apologize to you for hurting and upsetting you with an insensitive and tasteless tweet,” Barr wrote 20 minutes after sharing a similar, shorter tweet. “I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake (that) caused hundreds of people to lose their jobs. So sorry!”

She also urged her fans not to boycott ABC and not to defend her, as “losing my show is zero compared to being labeled a racist over one tweet – that I regret even more.”

Despite claiming she’d take some time off Twitter, Barr kept the stream of tweets coming into the early morning, again calling her comments indefensible before attempting to defend them.

“Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me,” she wrote. “It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting. It was Memorial Day, too. I went too far and do not want it defended – it was egregious indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. Thank you.”

She also issued a broader statement apologizing again to Jarrett, and to the “hundreds of hardworking people” who lost their jobs as a result of her show’s cancelation.

Jarrett previously called the tweet a “teaching moment.”
Jarrett previously called the tweet a “teaching moment.” (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Jarrett acknowledged the tweets as a “teaching moment” Tuesday in a pre-taped town hall meeting on MSNBC.

Barr’s comedic empire crumbled Tuesday after she tweeted that Jarrett was the product of a “Muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes,” while billionaire investor George Soros was “a Nazi.”

The tweets drew instant backlash, and ABC promptly canceled her rebooted “Roseanne” after one season, claiming Barr’s comments were “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent” with the network’s values.

The controversial comedian declared she’d be taking a break from Twitter shortly after her show got the ax, but logged back on hours later to retweet supportive fans and comment on Jarrett’s background — again.

“I thought she was saudi,” Barr mused, in response to a tweet suggesting Jarrett was Hispanic.

One of the many retweets Barr shared featured a fake photo of Whoopi Goldberg donning a T-shirt with a graphic image of Donald Trump shooting himself on the front.

“Out of curiosity @ABC & @Disney this is okay with you? Hypocrisy on the Left is sickening! Your Pathetic! #BoycottABC #IStandWithRoseanne,” read the tweet, which has since been removed from Barr’s profile.


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