- Apr 30, 2010
ABC drops Roseanne show after racist tweet - BBC NewsABC TV network has cancelled comedian Roseanne Barr's sitcom after she posted a racist tweet likening an African-American former Obama aide to an ape.
ABC said: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show."
Barr's tweet said Valerie Jarrett was the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes film.
The reboot of her hit '90s sitcom "Roseanne" has been a ratings hit.
A predictable end
By James Cook, BBC Los Angeles Correspondent
Well, that was predictable.
The return of Roseanne was as short-lived as it was spectacular.
Its star, Roseanne Barr, is the Donald Trump of sitcom: blunt, provocative and, at times, deeply offensive.
For years her social media activity was laced with profanity, provocation and peculiar conspiracy theories.
ABC executives knew all that when they took the risk on the reboot and at first it seemed the gamble had paid off.
Ratings were superb, while critics praised the sitcom for tackling American political divisions in a manner sympathetic to the millions of people who voted for Mr Trump - a group which often complained that TV wasn't made for them any more - while still entertaining millions of his opponents.
Now for the backlash from angry supporters of the show, the Trump administration and - one imagines - from the president himself.
Roseanne says she is leaving Twitter. Hard to understand why she would behave so badly - this wasn't the only offensive tweet.
And rough on the others in the cancelled show who would presumably have done very nicely out of re-run fees.
Hat-tip to mods for changing thread title to correct my misunderstanding.