It’s been a real whirlwind of a morning for Roseanne Barr, the openly bigoted sitcom maven whose show was canceled this morning. This all started with a disparaging remark made at Valerie Jarrett, who served as an aide to former President Barack Obama. It ended with ABC pulling the plug on her recently-revived sitcom, Roseanne.
This morning on Twitter, Barr called Jarret the “offspring of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” It’s the kind of shocking remark that no one could have seen coming. Unless you knew literally anything at all about Roseanne Barr, that is. After throwing out some ideas about George Soros selling out the Jews to Nazis, she kept attacking Chelsea Clinton for some reason. She deleted the tweets and later apologized, but the internet tends not to forget these things.
Barr, whose sitcom, Roseanne, was a staple of ’90s TV, often received accolades for its portrayal of a real, struggling blue-collar family. Since it was canceled back in ’97, Barr herself has gone off the rails, much like the show’s ninth season. Having become a full-blown conspiracy theorist, she ran for President back in 2012, which was documented in the barely watchable documentary Roseanne For President.
Four years later, she threw her support behind then-candidate Donald Trump, which seemed to really open the floodgates to her despicable behavior. This includes (but is not limited to) pushing conspiracy theories like PizzaGate, which alleges the DNC ran a child-smuggling ring out of the basement of a DC pizza parlor. Really.
Of course, the next logical step was for ABC to revive her sitcom. If that weren’t enough, Barr decided to make her character a Trump supporter, too, because why the fuck not, right? Then, everyone tried to sell this bullshit as a way to help understand those with different political views from our own. Which also included storylines about her fearing the Muslim neighbors were building a bomb. Yay, tolerance, right?
In this morning’s aftermath, Wanda Sykes, who’d served as a writer on Barr’s show, announced she was quitting immediately. Sara Gilbert, who plays her daughter, Darlene, tweeted out that the situation was “sad and difficult” but said that the show was bigger than any “one cast member.” Even if that one cast member happens to be the creator, star, and namesake apparently.
ABC didn’t see it that way, and just announced in a statement that they’re canceling the Roseanne revival. This announcement comes despite the fact the show was already greenlit for a second season. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey called Barr’s tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” He then ended the announcement with “we have decided to cancel the show.”
We’ll update this story as soon as Barr lands a job as a regular contributor to Fox News.