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Jimmy Kimmel shows support for Roseanne Barr, says she could use some compassion

Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel shows support for Roseanne Barr’s call for “compassion” for her psychological problems on social media.

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Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel weighed in on the “Roseanne” cancellation controversy with a show of support for the fallen TV star.

After the news of Roseanne Barr’s firing of her ABC show, Kimmel took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter, the mark of the star in a tweet with the text “What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angry and attacking a woman who is obviously not good is no good for anyone. Take a breath and remember that mental problems are real.”

Jimmy Kimmel shows some support for Roseanne barr on social media. Here, the host interviews Barr with John Goodman in March on the show’s ABC premiere.

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The talk show host, who interviewed both Barr and John Goodman in March, prior to the premiere of the highly anticipated reboot, continued on to say, “The Roseanne I know maybe compassion and help at this time.”

What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angry and attacking a woman who is obviously not good is no good for anyone. Take a breath and remember that mental problems are real. The Roseanne I know maybe compassion and help now.

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 30, 2018

And while it seemed like It was coming from a good place with his comments, the TV host was quickly criticized for his words.

A Twitter user tagged Kimmel and wrote, “Just wondering if @jimmykimmel think Roseanne would have taken “at a breath” before she launched into a racist, public tirade that may have been triggering for one of the millions of people of color who have mental health a lifetime of sustained trauma.”

Just wondering if @jimmykimmel think Roseanne would have taken “at a breath” before she launched into a racist, public tirade that may have been triggering for one of the millions of people of color who have mental health a lifetime of sustained trauma. https://t.co/dphBktRygJ

— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) 30 May 2018

Another called the talk show host and said: “Mental health is no excuse for the horrible things that she is and remains, even today, to retweet.”

Kimmel was then attacked for the defense of Barr’s actions.

“What she said is indefensible but you are going to defend her anyway?” A user wrote. “Mental illness, if that is what this is, is no excuse for racism. It is not synonymous with racism. And criticism is not an attack.”

But with more than 25K, there were a number of people who have agreed to the late-night host, including actress Andie MacDowell, who struck in the Twitter conversation.

“The cream rises to the top with empathy and compassion,” she wrote. “Two wrongs don’t make a right. I hear you. What had to happen happened. No need to be cruel.”

The cream rises to the top with empathy and compassion… two wrongs don’t make a right. I hear you. What had to happen happened. No need to be cruel.

— Andie MacDowell (@AndieMacDowell3) 30 May 2018

A user then tweeted at both MacDowell and Kimmel and said that “the victims of racism need to be in the favor of your mercy.” The actress said the user of the statement, and said, “I hear you and am with you I am grateful that they cancelled the show. At the moment I do not like to see the Joy that people have is kicking her. I want that we are better than this, that is what I mean with the cream rises to the top that we don’t need to do that.”

I hear you and am with you I am grateful that they cancelled the show. At the moment I do not like to see the Joy that people have is kicking her. I want that we are better than this, that is what I mean with the cream rises to the top that we don’t need to do that.

— Andie MacDowell (@AndieMacDowell3) 31-May-2018

Kimmel’s Twitter response to the Barr’s firing comes just after the host jokingly pitched a “Roseanne” spin-off with just John Goodman on his Tuesday night show.

“Hear me out, just because Roseanne is gone, does not mean that the whole show. The show must go on! That is what we say in the show business. And with that said, I have an idea that I think makes it work for everyone,” he explains.

He aired a fake trailer for a “Roseanne” spin-off show focused exclusively on Then, John Goodman’s character. The trailer received cheers and applause from Kimmel audience.

“Right? I mean, come on!” he said. “Think! I’m just saying, think.”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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