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November 18, 2018

‘Roseanne’ canceled by ABC hours after Barr’s hate-filled Twitter tirade

May 29, 2018
ABC called Roseanne Barr’s tweets “repugnant.” (Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Life came at Roseanne Barr fast Tuesday, as ABC cancelled her namesake show hours after she apologized for posting racially-charged tweets about businessman George Soros and former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett.

ABC called Barr’s late-night Twitter tirade about Soros and Jarrett “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”




“We have decided to cancel her show,” the network said in a statement.

The 65-year-old conservative actress, who rebooted her TV career last year and branded herself a supporter of President Trump, was accused of racism and bigotry after she referred to Jarrett as an “ape” on Monday night.

Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, is African-American and was born in Iran.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr tweeted, using Jarrett’s initials in a reply to another user who claimed the ex-White House adviser “helped hide a lot” of Obama’s secrets.

Amid widespread outrage, Barr said the tweet was a “joke,” deleted it and issued an apology saying she was “leaving Twitter.”

Roseanne speaks onstage during the ABC portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. on January 8.
Roseanne speaks onstage during the ABC portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. on January 8. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Earlier Monday, Barr was excoriated for calling Soros a “nazi” in a back-and-forth with Chelsea Clinton.

Soros, a prominent Jewish Hungarian-American investor, was 9 years old when the Holocaust began and is frequently a target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.

“George Soros is a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth,” Barr tweeted. “But we all mistakes, right Chelsea?”

The shocking post was retweeted by the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr.

ABC’s announcement was lauded by politicians and celebrities Tuesday afternoon.

“You did the right thing,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who marched with Marin Luther King, Jr., tweeted at the network. “There is not any room in our society for racism or bigotry.”




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