Comedian and former ABC star Roseanne Barr has given a tear-heavy interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in which she expresses remorse over what went down in regards to the cancellation of the revival of her hit sitcom “Roseanne”. Despite its massive ratings, the series was axed swiftly in the wake of a racist tweet sent out by Barr.
Boteach has released both an edited transcript and audio recording of the interview, conducted shortly after the cancellation, in which Barr claims that she “would never would have wittingly called any black person…a monkey”. She goes on to say:
“It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant. And that’s what’s so painful. But I have to face that it hurt people. When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.
You have to feel remorse, not just repentance. That’s just a step towards feeling remorse. And when you feel remorse you have to follow it with recompense. You have to take an action in the world – whether it’s through money or other things – to correct your sin. After your heart is unfrozen and after it stops being broken from the pain you caused others, you stop being a robot and you gotta’ come back to God. So it’s remorse, and I definitely feel remorse.
Barr also revealed that both ABC and her family asked her to get off Twitter when she began work on the revival. ABC is presently working on continuing the series without Barr’s involvement in a spin-off series titled “The Conners”.