‘Good Doctor’ star Richard Schiff votes in support for Roseanne Barr: ‘We overreact to every little thing’

Richard Schiff, left, expressed his support for Roseanne Barr, right, after she was fired from her ABC sitcom in May.

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“The Good Doctor” star Richard Schiff has expressed his disappointment in ABC’s decision to fire Roseanne Barr after she came under fire for a racist tweet earlier this year.

Schiff, 63, told DailyMailTV on Thursday he did not believe that a person should lose their job after saying something that crossed the line.

“For me, it is just a dangerous place where someone speaks out of line, it is, perhaps, what it is they actually believe they might be just what to try to get attention at the time,” the liberal star said. “And then be banned – she [Barr] not physically doing something to someone.

“I understand the sensitivity of race issues and gender issues and all that stuff. And wouldn’t it be great if we all were all polite and nice people? But we’re not,” Schiff, whose TV show on ABC, it said. “I think we have to [a] dangerous territory if we start with the deprivation of the ability of people to make a living, because of one thing that they said was out of line. I find that hard.”


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Barr made headlines after she tweeted in May that the former President Barack Obama’s aide, Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and was born in Iran, was like the “Muslim brotherhood & the planet of the apes had a baby.” ABC cancelled the popular reboot of “Roseanne” shortly after the tweets.

Schiff asked the viewers have chosen, or to look at Barr’s show after her comments.

“The way you arrange that in my opinion, is that if you do not like what she says and you want to make a point, then you should not look at,” he said. “If you don’t like what she says, to express. Not watch her, not support her, don’t buy tickets to her shows, don’t buy products that advertise when they are on TV.

“I think it’s a sensitive, difficult way to go, to start banning people for tweets, it bothers me,” he continued.

Schiff said that people overreacted “every little thing” and said that the “good people “is going to be taken, because they said something inappropriate.”

Schiff told The Daily Mail that he was “good” with a comeback of Barr and believed her show dealt with “a number of very important social issues.”

“If she wants to do a comeback it is fine by me. They have to do what she wants to do and Roseanne always did and I’m sad about, to be honest,” he said.

“I don’t quite understand the vitriol that comes from the people. I know her statement was outrageous. I’m going to miss
her voice as a comic actress dealing with some very important social issues on her show,” he continued.

Schiff also commented on Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader, who came under fire after homophobic and racist tweets he sent a couple of years ago resurfaced.


“He [Hader] was seventeen, he was in high school in a small town and not think twice about it at the time. It Is now an adult, is now dilapidated, is now the life and people of different ethnic cultures and different countries all over the world, and he has changed,” he said.

“And he must pay the price for something he did six, seven years ago, when he was a child. And I think that, that just bothers me,” he continued.

Schiff put some of the blame on the President’s Trump card which he said, was an attempt to parts of the country.

“Well, that is where it comes from, it starts from the top down, it starts from a person inciting to hatred. He [Trump] incitement to violence, he is inciting a civil war, in my opinion,” he said.

“And when you start attacking someone for a stupid comment, that feeds into that desire on his part to split us in the middle,” he continued. “I do not want to think of Roseanne as an enemy, because they said something really stupid and offensive, I just don’t want to, I’m not going to go down that road.”

Schiff’s comments come days after comedian Norm Macdonald faced backlash following statements he made in a number of interviews this week. He defended Barr, a friend of him, and said that it was wrong for ABC to cancel her show after her racist tweet.


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Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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