In shocking news, ABC just announced it has canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday after the show’s biggest star, Roseanne Barr, posted a vile racist Tweet.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.
The cancelation of the show was shocking to many in Hollywood since it was scoring huge ratings and already given the green light for a second season.
Barr, who often posts inflammatory pro-Trump Tweets, wrote about Valerie Jarrett, a top former aide to President Obama wrote:”Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
As the tweet caught fire online, ABC was quiet, then made the short, stunning statement canceling the show.
When Barr’s racist tweets caught fire early Tuesday, ABC went silent for several hours.
When asked why ABC ultimately decided to cancel the sitcom, a Disney source said, “It’s a question of right and wrong. And it’s a question of our company’s values.”
“Some things apparently are more important than money,” even for a network like ABC, “and that’s heartening,” CNN’s Van Jones said on the air.
Earlier on Tuesday, Barr had apologized and said she was “now leaving Twitter.” For Sara Gilbert, who spearheaded bringing the show back, it’s heartbreaking.
“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.”