Before 'Roseanne' Cancellation, Valerie Jarrett Was Called by Disney's CEO

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ABC Entertainment canceled "Roseanne" on Tuesday after Barr, in a now-deleted tweet, referred to Jarrett, who is African-American, as the offspring of the "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes".

On Wednesday, Barr said that it was tweeting under the influence of the prescription sleep aid Ambien that led her to post a racist remark. "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication".

ABC has also made an effort to promote shows featuring people who are not neurotypical.

Trump administration officials' claim that they were too busy to weigh in on racist comments Tuesday made by one of their most famous supporters stood in sharp contrast with how this White House has responded to other news developments regarding race.


Dungey, who started working at ABC in 2004, signed on as president in February 2016, meaning she was in charge of the network when the "Roseanne" revival was approved.

Jarrett, 61, said on Tuesday that Disney chief executive Bob Iger called her before ABC announced the show's cancellation. And then some sarcasm (and a third-person reference): "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the terrible statements made and said about me on ABC. Now some bonehead Photoshopped a horrific image on the shirt and she retweeted this", she said.

Hours later, she wrote that losing her show is "0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet - that i regret even more". "Maybe I just didn't get the call?" the president tweeted. In one tweet she calls her own words indefensible and blames Ambien for the initial tweet. The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC and this station.

"Wow! unreal", Barr tweeted back.


Barr faced repeated backlash in recent months for stoking conspiracy theories online.

Meghan McCain said what Barr did is clearly "the definition of racism" and gave credit to the network for making the right call.

But cancelling "Roseanne" is "like taking off "All in the Family" or "I Love Lucy" or Andy Griffith at their zenith", he said.


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