Roseanne Barr unleashed a vicious Twitter tirade — prompting ABC to cancel her sitcom hours later.
The outspoken actress ripped former Barack Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett in a racist tweet and claimed billionaire investor George Soros is “a nazi” during a social media spiral that began overnight.
“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote about Jarrett early Tuesday morning, replying to another user who suggested the advisor “helped hide a lot” of Obama’s secrets.
ABC then announced it was canceling her show amid a wave of backlash against the controversial star.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” reads a statement from ABC.
Jarrett, 61, was born in Iran, and both of her parents are African-American. Barr’s mention of Muslim Brotherhood refers to a Sunni Islamist organization headquartered in Egypt.
The “Roseanne” actress — who frequently voices her conservative viewpoints — also drew backlash for her posts about Soros. She began by inaccurately tweeting that Chelsea Clinton is married to one of Soros’ nephews. When Clinton responded to tell her that was incorrect, Barr, 65, fired back by claiming Soros, who is known for his support of liberal causes, is a Nazi.
“Sorry to have tweeted incorrect info about you!I Please forgive me!” Barr wrote to Clinton, the daughter of Hillary Clinton. “By the way, George Soros is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth-were you aware of that? But, we all make mistakes, right Chelsea?”
Soros, 87, was 9 years old when the Holocaust began. That post about Soros was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr., as was another where Barr claimed it is Soros’ goal to overthrow the American “constitutional republic by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor ‘feelings’ instead.”
She issued her apology several hours after the initial tweet.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr tweeted Tuesday morning. “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.”
Jarrett declined to comment, while a rep for Soros did not immediately respond for comment.
Actor Scott Baio, another high-profile supporter of President Trump, previously shared a theory that Clinton was married to a Soros nephew in a 2016 Facebook post.
“Racism should not be tolerated by media that depends on corporate advertisers that make their money selling goods to Americans,” Sharpton said in a statement. “We will be vigilant and hold those accountable that use public airwaves to spread hate.”
Sara Gilbert, who played Barr’s daughter on the show, was among the numerous public figures who condemned the actress’ behavior.
“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,” she tweeted. “I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
Barr’s tweet came several weeks after an episode of “Roseanne” centered on the actress’ character, Roseanne Conner, fearing her new Muslim neighbors were terrorists who were building a bomb. The episode aimed to teach Barr’s character a message about prejudice, as she found out the neighbors were good people once she got to know them, but only after the show included a series of stereotypical jokes.
The tweets marked the latest controversies that Barr, 65, has created since her show was revived in March following more than two decades off the air. She touted a conspiracy theory on Twitter days after the season premiere that suggested Trump had freed hundreds of kids from sex trafficking rings.
“President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month,” she tweeted at the time. “He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now.”
She later said Twitter was “not the place” to discuss the theory after many questioned what she was talking about.
Her series also garnered criticism in April for a scene where her character and her on-screen husband (played by John Goodman) fell asleep during the shows that centered on Asian and African-American families.