ABC has cancelled the “Roseanne” reboot after its star, Roseanne Barr, compared longtime Obama aide to an ape.
In a one-sentence statement, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Barr, who has sparked controversy for her support of President Donald Trump and endorsement of far-right conspiracy theories, tweeted late Monday, “muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” She initially defended the tweet as a joke, but later apologized and said she would be leaving Twitter.
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. 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.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Comedian Wanda Sykes, who had been a consultant and writer on the show, later announced that she would not be returning.
Barr was not a producer of the rebooted show, but the original 1990s sitcom, focused on a white working class family, was largely based on her stand-up comedy.