Channing Dungey, the President of ABC Entertainment has just issued a statement saying that the company’s hit sitcom Roseanne has been canceled in response to a racist tweet sent out by Roseanne Barr on Tuesday.
ABC Entertainment cancels Roseanne Barr's show, calling her comment on Twitter "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." https://t.co/2HJA1onFiw [Corrects link] pic.twitter.com/XEdNA8RLft
— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2018
Although Barr deleted her tweet shortly after sending it out, it referred to former President Barack Obama’s aide, Valerie Jarret, stating that she was the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” She followed up with an apology tweet which read, “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. I am now leaving Twitter.”
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018