At the end of May, ABC canceled Roseanne Barr’s show after she tweeted racist comments comparing Obama’s former aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made a statement, saying:
‘Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.’
On Sunday, Roseanne broke down in tears during her first interview since her firing by ABC, Barr gave a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Schmuley. Barr said:
‘I lost everything and I regretted it before I lost everything.’
Barr says she feels remorse over her tweet, which she earlier tried to blame on the sleeping pill Ambien. Barr told Schmuley:
‘I’m a lot of things, a loud mouth and all that stuff. But I’m not stupid, for God’s sake.
‘I never would have wittingly called any black person … they are a monkey.
‘I just wouldn’t do that. I didn’t do that.’
Barr went on to say:
‘I said to God, “I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are.”
‘But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.’
‘I caused pain for my family, I caused pain for my mother, I caused pain to the two hundred out-of-work actors that I loved. And the crew and writers.’
She also told Schmuley that ABC had asked her to get off Twitter before they agreed to air her show. She said:
‘And I told them, I promise I will get off Twitter. They said “cause you’ll shoot yourself in the foot if you’re on there.”‘
The network announced that they will air a spin-off of the show without Roseanne.
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