Jerry Seinfeld wondered why ABC made the decision to fire Roseanne Barr.
In the midst of the news that ABC is in motion with a spin-off of “Roseanne” after the title character was fired over a racist tweet, another successful comedian with an eponymous show, Jerry Seinfeld, is speaking out about the situation.
Seinfeld spoke to Entertainment Tonight about ABC’s decision to fire Roseanne Barr after she tweeted a racist remark. The 64-year-old comedian was forthright with his thoughts on the matter, noting that he didn’t see a real need to give Barr the boat.
“I don’t see why it was necessary to fire her,” he said in to the electrical outlet in the video below. “Why would you murder someone who is committing suicide?”
As reported earlier, Barr was immediately fired by ABC, and Season 2 of her ‘Roseanne’ revival was abruptly canceled after she tweeted the former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett calls her a monkey. Although Barr has since apologized, the network recently announced that it would push forward with a spin-off, with the provisional title “The Conners,” which will focus on the other members of the sitcom family. Barr will not profit from it creatively, or financially.
“I never saw someone ruin their whole career with one press of a button,” Seinfeld said. “That was fresh.”
The star continued: “I think they are a different Roseanne. They brought Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can’t we get another Roseanne? There is another funny thing women can do that. You have the strip in. I hate to be a comic loss of a job.”
Seinfeld, who is currently promoting his new show ‘ Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which will be available to stream on Netflix next month, gained fame in a similar way to Barr, with his smash-hit NBC show “Seinfeld.”