LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC network canceled the popular comedy “Roseanne” on Tuesday after star Roseanne Barr compared a former Obama administration official to an ape in remarks on Twitter.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.
Barr’s agency, ICM Partners, said in a statement Tuesday that Barr’s tweet was “disgraceful,” ”unacceptable” and “antithetical to our core values,” according to the Associated Press.
The company says it has ended its relationship with Barr “effective immediately.”
Barr’s comment, which has now been deleted, was sent in response to a tweet that accused Jarrett of helping “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.
“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials. Jarrett, 61, is African American and worked for Obama from 2009 to 2017.
Barr apologized for the tweet, describing it as “a bad joke.”
The comedy returned to ABC in March, two decades after it ended its first run from 1988 to 1997, reuniting the original cast including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.
The much-awaited 10th season’s two-episode opener attracted 18.2 million viewers in preliminary Nielsen ratings, making it the season’s top premiere. The return was large enough to prompt ABC to quickly order another season.