ABC canceled "Roseanne" after Barr, a Trump supporter and the show's main star, made a racist reference to former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett on Twitter. "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication", tweeted the French pharmaceutical giant in an acerbic post that quickly went viral.
President Donald Trump on Thursday once more weighed in on the fiasco surrounding Roseanne Barr's racist tweet by again demanding an apology from Disney CEO Bob Iger, claiming Iger and ABC "offended millions of people".
Barr tweeted, "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me".
She also said she believed Jarrett was Saudi or Jewish or Persian, rather than black. ABC cancelled her show, which is the most watched show on USA television. "I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence". "I've been up there 12 times already and if I don't get one by now, I'm not gonna get one". Now, amid the backlash and immediately following Barr's tweet, consulting producer and renowned comedian Wanda Sykes said that she wouldn't be returning to the show.
Hulu has joined Viacom and its channels in pulling Roseanne reruns, reps with knowledge of the decisions confirmed to EW Tuesday afternoon.
In her initial response to that tweet, Barr said, "Wow! unreal". "I know that Tom really regretted the fact that we had such a wonderful writing staff together - a real rare collection of talent - and I know he'd like to continue using it in some fashion if that were possible".
I told them I was willing to do anything & asked for help in making things right.
Barr ended her series of tweets by promising that she will be away from Twitter "for a while". That didn't last long - she was back within hours.
Barr is a noted fan of Trump - as is her sitcom character - and has made many sarcastic comments about former president Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Later, Barr denied that she was putting the blame on Ambien, saying it was "just an explanation not an excuse".
Law professor F. Jay Doughert says Barr's contract could be terminated because of a so-called "morals clause" that forbids certain kinds of misbehavior from stars.
Ms Jarrett, 61, was a top aide for President Obama and also served as assistant to the president for public engagement and chair of the White House council on women and girls, as well as heading up his transition team when he moved into the White House.