In the wake of the sudden cancellation of “Roseanne” following a tweet from series star Roseanne Barr which was decried for its racism, further reaction from a variety of outlets has been swift.
Episodes from the original nine-season run of “Roseanne” were pulled from Hulu as well as from Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT yesterday. Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger has voiced his support for the show’s cancellation, tweeting: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Barr came back to Twitter to say: “I’m not a racist, I never was & I never will be. One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER b taken from me.”
She also blamed her original racist tweet on the sleep aid Ambien, and denounced former co-stars Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman after they criticised her comments. John Goodman has been asked but said he wouldn’t comment on it.
Both Ambien and Netflix have made light of the story in semi-amusing tweets, as has Charlie Sheen, and show executive producer Dave Caplan revealed to THR that all this went down on the first day of work for the second season of the revival and hellos led to goodbyes in just a matter of hours.
Of course, the axing of the series leaves a big hole in ABC’s schedule for next season and has put a lot of people involved in the series out of work. The financial pain is expected to be somewhat limited in the near term, while “The Goldbergs” spinoff series “Schooled” is looking likely to take the vacated timeslot.
More as it unfolds.