Roseanne Barr is no stranger to controversy, and ABC is no stranger to the comedian. Nevertheless, the alphabet network went ahead and gave her a revival, and the mondo premiere numbers appeared to bolster their confidence in her. Throughout the new series’ run, however, Barr would not remain quiet on Twitter, and one late-night/early morning tweet fueled by Ambien was her undoing.
She posted a racist tweet referring to former President Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett as a mix between the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.” She apologized several times, deleted the tweet, and even claimed she would leave Twitter, but that wasn’t enough. Amidst several actors, including Barr’s own co-star Sara Gilbert, condemning her words, ABC swiftly canceled “Roseanne” even though it had already been renewed to return.
What is dead may never die though, and there’s been talk of possibly reviving the show sans Barr. As for the lady in question, she of course returned to Twitter less than 24 hours after she said she’d quit to apologize again, which doesn’t mean much when she’s also retweeting all of her who are saying what she really means.