ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Tuesday - 29/05/2018 17:30
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also applauded ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne.
Roseannehas been canceled by ABC following star Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news on Twitter, voicing support of the network’s decision.
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.
The 65-year-old actress has also been dropped by her talent agency, ICM Partners.
“We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning. What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency,” the company wrote in an internal note to all employees. “Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.”
Many immediately took offense at Barr’s tweet, since Jarrett is an African-American who grew up in Iran. The Roseanne star initially defended her statement, calling the tweet a “joke.” In another tweet, the actress responded to those calling her racist.