Actress Roseanne Barr had become an instant hit thanks to her sitcom ‘Roseanne’ taking off during its run back in 1988 to 1997, even being the most watched show in the United States from 1989 to 1990. After a two-decade absence, the show was rebooted and returned to enormous ratings on ABC, so much that the President himself congratulated Barr on the show returning to its success.
However, come Tuesday, it all fell apart. ABC abruptly canceled ‘Roseanne’ due to a racist tweet Ms.Barr, the show’s star and co-creator, made about Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett is an African-American woman who was senior advisor to Barack Obama throughout his presidency. Her racist and insensitive tweet was met with extreme backlash, to the point that the 65-year-old had to publicly apologize.
Nevertheless, the damage was done. In announcing the show’s cancellation, ABC’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in a statement that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” The show had just concluded its 10th season and was expected to return in September for a 13-episode stint. ABC immediately went ahead with some damage control, replacing the repeat episode scheduled for Tuesday night with a rerun of ‘The Middle’. They also went ahead and started taking each episode of ‘Roseanne’ off their website, as is Hulu, which is partly owned by Disney.
-- Rubaina Bilgrami
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