ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after Barr's tweet about Valerie Jarrett

ABC is pulling the plug on "Roseanne" after a tweet by star Roseanne Barr. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey called the tweet "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

The news comes after Barr went into emergency damage-control mode following a politically charged tweet she sent linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet saying Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran, is like the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby."


Disney CEO Bob Iger added on Twitter that "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."

The cancellation stunned Hollywood. The revival of "Roseanne" premiered to huge ratings just three months ago. Pre-production was already underway on a second season, which was scheduled for Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall.

After being off the air for more than two decades, the March 27 back-to-back episodes debuted with booming success, coming in with a 5.1 rating in the key demographic of adults age 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers.

ABC went silent for several hours while deciding what to do. By late morning on the West Coast, executives had decided to boot the reboot.

When asked why ABC ultimately decided to cancel the show, a Disney source said, "It's a question of right and wrong. And it's a question of our company's values."

"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," Barr tweeted, after writing she was quitting Twitter.

Her account was deactivated for a period of time, before reappearing with an old tweet with a glowing New York Times review of her highly rated "Roseanne" reboot pinned to the top of her Twitter feed.

Barr's co-star Sara Gilbert shared her disappointment in the comedian's tweet.

"Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least," Gilbert tweeted just before ABC axed the show.

Barr's political views caused a headache for ABC despite many crediting the 65-year-old's pro-Trump stance as the reason for the show's success.

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