Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

‘Roseanne’ Cancelled By ABC After ‘Repugnant’ Racist Tweet

ABC announced on Tuesday it will immediately cancel the show “Roseanne,” following a racist tweet from the sitcom’s star, Roseanne Barr.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Barr, who is Jewish, wrote a tweet saying that Obama-era White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, was descended from apes.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” she wrote.

The show, which was a critical and commercial hit in the 1990s and was revived earlier this year, was the “highest rated and most watched series of the broadcast season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But ABC was also criticized for giving a platform to Barr, an outspoken conservative who has a history of making racially inflammatory statements and spreading conspiracy theories.

Contact Haley Cohen at [email protected]

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.