ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' After Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet

ABC called her statement "abhorrent."

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ABC has just announced that it has decided to cancel the Roseanne reboot. The decision comes after the show's star Roseanne Barr went on a now-deleted racist rant Monday night against Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, saying: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj."

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"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," , President of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.

"There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing," tweeted in response.

From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.

— Robert Iger (@RobertIger)

Barr's tweet came as a response to a story from SGT Report, which implied that President Obama ordered the CIA to spy on French presidential candidates. One Twitter user wrote "Jarrett helped hide a lot," and that's what caused Barr to spew her hate speech.

Jarrett, who started her career in politics in the 80s, was one of President Obama's longest-serving advisers. She consulted with him on public engagements and intergovernmental affairs.

After Barr's appalling statement, Wanda Sykes, who was a producer on the show, as well as Sarah Gilbert, who plays Darlene, expressed outrage.

I will not be returning to .

— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes)

Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.

— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert)

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Barr then deleted her tweets and issued an apology, stating she was going to leave Twitter.

The news comes after the show received incredibly high ratings for its return to television after 20 years off the air. The first episode had 18.2 million viewers, which made it the highest-rated comedy episode on any broadcast network in nearly four years.

Following the reboot's season 1 finale, fans were gearing up for more Roseanne, after ABC on March 30 that the show was picked up for another season. “We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a press release at the time. "We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year."

Gilbert and other cast members have begun to react to the news of the cancellation, and Roseanne has been , ICM Partners.

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