Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

After Roseanne axed, some ask why ABC didn't see racism coming

After Roseanne axed, some ask why ABC didn't see racism coming

"Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that "ABC does not tolerate comments like those" made by Roseanne Barr", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Trump might have been referring to anti-Trump comments by Keith Olbermann, who recently returned to Disney-owned ESPN; late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel's mocking of Melania Trump's accent; or "The View's" Joy Behar calling Vice President Mike Pence mentally ill because of his faith.

She later tweeted that people should not defend her.

Barr asked him to leave her alone.

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"Her tweets kept coming Wednesday morning, touching on everything from religion ("I'm a Jew making fun of Hitler, bigot", she defensively responded to a user who shared a photo of her from 2009, when she was slammed for posing as Adolf Hitler for a satirical magazine) to backing off on fully blaming the Ambien that she said she had taken".

"Wow! unreal", Barr wrote in response. "I'm exhausted of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse". She told USA Today earlier this year that "I had to get off social media because everybody's mad at me".

And Barr pointed a finger at Wanda Sykes, the show's consulting producer, for ultimately causing the show's demise. Gilbert posted earlier Tuesday, "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". She wrote of Sykes, "her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show".

Trump had previously called Barr, a vocal supporter of his both fictionally and in real life, to personally congratulate her on her ratings success after the March premiere of the Roseanne revival. "Hey guys, don't defend's sweet of you 2 try, but.losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more", she wrote in a replacement tweet.

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ABC's reboot of "Roseanne" garnered an average of 18.1 million viewers, according to The Hill.

Both former executives praised ABC for moving swiftly when presented with Barr's tweet.

Jarrett, a black woman who said she was "fine" after the slur, urged in an MSNBC special Tuesday about racism that the incident become a teaching moment.

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