'Roseanne' cancellation: Valerie Jarrett, Hollywood, viewers react to ABC's decision
'Roseanne' cancellation: Valerie Jarrett, Hollywood, viewers react to ABC's decisionCLOSE
ABC canceled its hit revival of 'Roseanne' after Roseanne Barr tweeted controversial remarks, which many saw as racist.
That was fast.
Within hours of Roseanne Barr's racist tweet likening former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape, ABC canceled her hit sitcom revival and her talent agency, ICM Partners, had dropped her as a client.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey announced Tuesday.
Bob Iger, the CEO of parent company Disney, backed her up, tweeting, "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."
During an aptly timed MSNBC special called Everyday Racism in America, Jarrett said, âThis should be a teaching moment.â
Tom Arnold, who was married to Barr from 1990 to 1994 and co-starred on her show from 1989 to 1993, wrote that he had a "ton of respect for Bob Iger. Tough decision with financial consequences for his company but right for America."
He also claimed that he was the first to publicly call her out on her "racist and controversial tweets."
The other members of the Roseanne cast also registered their feelings.
Michael Fishman, who played D.J. Conner, called his TV momâs comments âreprehensible and intolerable.â He added, âMy character (an Army veteran with a biracial daughter) was designed to represent the inclusive nature of my views. To represent portions of society often marginalized. In this moment, it is important to b e clear. We must stand up against: bias, hatred, bigotry and ignorance to make society a better place for all.â
Sara Gilbert, who played Barr's daughter Darlene, tweeted, "Roseanneâs 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."
Emma Rose Kenney, who played Darlene's daughter Harris in the revival, wrote that she had been on the verge of quitting when she learned the news.
"As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled (sic)," she tweeted. "I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes, Channing Dungey and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever."
Producer Shonda Rhimes, the creator of ABC's long-running drama Greyâs Anatomy, added, âHonestly (Barr) g ot what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with oneâs actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.â
Here's a sampling of what others in Hollywood and on social media had to say:
Minnie Driver, who stars in the ABC sitcom Speechless, declared she was "so proud of @ABCNetwork for having the ethical compunction to cancel #Rosanne despite the showâs huge numbers. We too make a show about a middle class family. come watch us instead."
Director Ava Duvernay praised Dungey's decision, captioning a photo of the programming executive, "For the record, this is Channing Dungey. Sitting on top of your world like a Queen in full judgement (sic) of your garbage and taking it out."
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston praised the Disney boss and expressed his wish that politicians would follow ABC's example: "This morning @RobertIger quickly and easily determined that righteousness trumps profits by firing an open racist and anti-Semite from his company. If our elected officials had the courage to do the same by declaring that country trumps partisanship weâd have a healthier society."
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who wrote earlier in the day that "Even in the age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed," followed up that tweet with another thanking ABC and Disney for "putting values above money."
So did Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia: "Thank you, @ABCNetwork. You did the right thing. There is not any room in our society for racism or bigotry."
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani, co-writer/star of The Big Sick and HBO's Silicon Valley expressed mixed feelings: "I'm glad Roseanne is canceled. The backlash to its cancellation is going to be a deafening nightmare. Nothing good has come of this entire thing."
The Council o n American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which had recently praised the show for its introduction of a Muslim family to the Connersâ Illinois neighborhood, said ABC ultimately made the right move.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said, âWe welcome the swift and appropriate action taken by ABC and hope it sends a message that the promotion of hatred and bigotry will not be accepted by our nationâs entertainment industry. Ms. Barr has a First Amendment right to express her views, however Islamophobic or racist, but she does not have a constitutional right to a program on a national television network.â
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Writer Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) updated a controve rsial joke the show made about ABC's minority-led sitcoms Black-Ish and Fresh Off the Boat and turned it against Barr.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said it plainly on his afternoon show: "Racism is not funny and Roseanne Barr is a racist. Now her show is canceled."
Writer and comedian @DaveWeasel observed, "You know itâs bad when even Fox News calls Roseanne racist."
Not everyone applauded ABC's move. Conservative fans of Roseanne argued that the network made a dumb decision.
One America News correspondent Jack Posobiec suggested that "Roseanne, Tim Allen, Kevin Sorbo, Stephen Baldwin and other blacklisted content creators should start up their own version of a blockchain-funded Netflix."
Posobiec also wondered why The View's Joy Behar and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel still have jobs when Barr doesn't and cautioned, "Just wait til @realDonaldTrump hits stage to night to talk about what ABC did to Roseanne."Roseanne Barr through the years Fullscreen
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.Roseanne Barr attends the series premiere of "Roseanne" in Burbank, Calif. on March 23, 2018. ABC canceled its hit reboot "Roseanne" on May 29, 2018 following lead Roseanne Barr's racist tweets about former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett on Twitter. Fullscreen Laurie Metcalf, left, and Roseanne Barr participate in the "Roseanne" panel during the Disney/ABC Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Jan. 8, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman in a scene from the "Roseanne." Fullscreen Roseanne Barr attends the world premiere of the documentary: 'Roseanne For President!' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2015 in New York. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr appears on stage at the Comedy Central "Roast of Roseanne" at the Hollywood Palladium on Aug. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles. Fullscreen Michael Fishman, Roseanne Barr, and Alicia Goranson arrive at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr in a scene from her reality series, "Roseanne's Nuts" about her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr attends a signing for h er book 'RoseanneArchy' in New York, Jan. 6, 2011. Fullscreen The cast of "Roseanne" accepts the Innovation Award onstage during the 6th annual "TV Land Awards" on June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr and her son arrive at the Warner Bros. premiere of "Superman Returns" on June 21, 2006 in Westwood, Calif. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr and actor John Goodman attend the DVD launch of "Rosanne: Season One" July 18, 2005 at Lucky Strike Bowling Centre in Los Angeles, Calif. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr at her home in Roling Hills estates in Long Beach, Calif on July 28, 2003. Roseanne completed a reality show, the Real Roseanne Sho w, for ABC the network that made her a star. Fullscreen Mistress of Ceremonies, Roseanne performs during the Lane Bryant Spring 2003 Intimate Apparel Fashion Show at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on February 4, 2003 in New York. Fullscreen Roseanne Arnold and John Goodman star as the Conners in the popular comedy series, Roseanne on ABC. Fullscreen Tom and Roseanne Arnold match tattoos with host Joan Rivers during a taping of the "Joan Rivers Show" on Jan.18, 1993 in New York. Arnold wears a tattoo of his comedienne-wife, Roseanne wears a rose and Rivers sports a removable tattoo likeness of all three. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr poses with her plaque award in front of her star on th e Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Ca. on Sept. 25, 1992. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr holds her fingers in her ears as she screams the National Anthem between games of the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds doubleheader on July 25, 1990 in San Diego, Calif. She was booed loudly and she made an obscene gesture and spat when she was finished. Fullscreen Roseanne Barr poses at the Ameican Comedy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 19, 1987. FullscreenReplay
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