ABC cancels Rosanne reboot over abhorrent, repugnant comments from the show's star
In a surprising but we'll received move, US network ABC, which is owned by Disney, has cancelled its successful revival of Rosanne after the show's star Rosanne Barr made 'abhorrent, repugnant' comments on Twitter.
Barr made a racist tweet to Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Barack Obama. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,”
After an intense backlash on Twitter, Barr issued an apology to Jarretr, saying her “joke was in bad taste.” However Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, issued a statement denouncing Barr’s tweet and announcing that Rosanne would be immediately cancelled.
"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
This follows writer and long standing comedian Wanda Sykes confirming that she would be departing the show's writing team over the comments.
Sara Gilbert, who plays Rosanne's daughter Darlene, also made a statement, condemming Barr's actions.
"Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions, to say the least.
“This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member”
The revival of Roseanne had been a huge ratings winner for ABC, averaging nearly 20 million viewers in the US and was already renewed for a second season. It's commendable that the network put values over profits on this occasion.