Despite the huge ratings, ABC has suddenly and immediately pulled the plug on the revival “Roseanne” in the wake of a tweet by series star Roseanne Barr in which she referred to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes’.
Barr deleted her tweet about Jarrett not long after posting it, following it up with an apology: “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.”
It’s not enough though with ABC coming down hard. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Roseanne’s original tweet was met with immediate condemnation despite her apology, including her co-star and the show’s executive producer Sara Gilbert who calls the remarks ‘abhorrent’.
The classic sitcom revival, which just ended its recent run last week, was set to air a thirteen-episode eleventh season this Fall – that’s no longer happening – a remarkable turn of events for a show that finished the season as the No. 1 scripted primetime television series in the 18-49 demographic in Live + Same Day numbers. It’s also ABC’s first No. 1 show in 24 years.