Roseanne Barr launches fresh Twitter tirade after her show is axed over racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett
Comedian Roseanne Barr has launched a fresh online tirade after being sacked for posting a racist tweet about a former adviser to Barack Obama.
ABC TV network cancelled the US starâs show after she shared an âabhorrentâ tweet saying Valerie Jarrett was like the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes film.
She apologised after her show, Roseanne, was pulled by the network â" but later re-tweeted support and posted her own message of defiance.
âI'm sorry 4 my tweet, AND I will also defend myself as well as talk to my followers,â she said, adding: âSo, go away if u don't like it. I will handle my sadness the way I want to."
She added: "I'm tired of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse."
In other posts on her Twitter feed, she said appealed for people not to defend her and suggested she had taken a sleeping pill called Ambien before posting the messages.
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She wrote: âguys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please.â
Barr, 65, had claimed she would quit Twitter after the row was sparked by a reply to a tweet mentioning Jarrett in which she said: âmuslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vjâ.
But she quickly returned to the platform. Tagging Jarrett in one message, she wrote: âI want to apologize to you. I am very sorry to have hurt you. I hope you can accept this sincere apology!"
Earlier she apologised to her colleagues on Roseanne who lost their jobs following the show's cancellation.
She wrote: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet."
Barr also revealed she wou ld be appearing on US comedian Joe Rogan's podcast on Friday.
Following her original comments, Barr was widely condemned from celebrities including her own castmates.
Writing on Twitter, British actress Minnie Driver, who stars in ABC's Speechless, wrote: "So proud of @ABCNetwork for having the ethical compunction to cancel Â£Rosanne despite the show's huge numbers. We too make a show about a middle class family, come and watch us instead Â£speechless @Speechless-ABC."
Sara Gilbert, who starred alongside Barr in Roseanne, labelled her comments "abhorrent".
She said: "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."
Comedian Wanda Sykes was the first to quit the show â" announcing her resignation even before ABC cancel led the programme.
Another of Barr's co-stars, Emma Kenney, revealed she was ready to quit the show in protest at the comments.
She tweeted: "I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.
"As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes, Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power."
Jarret is yet to respond to Barr's apology tweet, but earlier, speaking on MSNBC, said: "I'm fine. I'm worried about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence."