Roseanne Barr blames her racist tweet on sleeping pills

Calvin Saunders
June 1, 2018

Dungey announced Tuesday that the network would no longer air "Roseanne" after Barr tweeted that former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was an "ape". Jarrett, who is African-American and was born in Shiraz, Iran, is neither Muslim nor a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. It later issued a full correction and an apology.

Barr suggested she was being unfairly treated for "One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities".

Roseanne took to Twitter to defend herself yesterday, with a spectacularly weak explanation for her behavior.

The comedy actress - whose eponymous sitcom has been cancelled by US TV network ABC - wrote on the micro-blogging platform: "I think Joe Rogan is right about Ambien". Robert F Kennedy's daughter, blamed the sleep aid for a drugged-driving incident, USA Today reported.

Sanofi, the company that makes Ambien, rebuffed the assertion Wednesday on Twitter.

Barr has since stated that she would be addressing the entire controversy on Joe Rogan's podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience", this upcoming Friday.

The last excuse echos sentiments shared by high-powered executives like Bob Iger (Disney), Elon Musk (Tesla), Kenneth Frazier (Merck & Co.) Kevin Plank (Under Armour), and Brian Krzanich (Intel), all who all joined, and ultimately left, Donald Trump's advisory panel over the decision to leave the Paris Climate accord, or for his racially-charged reaction to the incident in Charlottesville. These included comments made by ABC's "The View" host Joy Behar about Christians and comedian Kathy Griffin's comments on the same television program as well as Disney-owned ESPN's former host Jemele Hill and ESPN's recent hiring of television personality Keith Olbermann.

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Unfortunately, the president did not elaborate on which of ABC's "HORRIBLE statements" he's referring to; however, Trump has repeatedly had issues with the network, as is well documented on Twitter. Tweeted Trump: "Maybe I just didn't get the call".

Jarrett has since stressed that Barr's remarks should be seen as "a teaching moment".

"I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks", Barr tweeted. She also called out her co-stars' comments, calling them "unreal", and claiming they were throwing her under the bus.

"We got together as a group for the first time and there was a lot of bittersweet hellos - and a couple hours later, a lot of very hard goodbyes", executive producer David Caplan told The Hollywood Reporter about learning of the cancellation.

"I have to say this about the president we have, and his gaslighting and lying".

ABC's reboot of "Roseanne" garnered an average of 18.1 million viewers, according to The Hill. After a record-breaking premiere, the series was quickly renewed for a second season and was garnering early Awards season buzz for the show and its many stars, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.

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