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Roseanne Barr breaks down in first interview since ABC fired her over racist tweet

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Roseanne Barr broke down in tears during her first interview after her racist tweet prompted ABC to cancel the high-profile revival of “Roseanne.”

Barr recorded a podcast interview with her friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published in an edited transcript, and the recording of the conversation.

Barr described himself as a hate magnet unworthy of being defended.

“I’ve lost everything,” Barr said on the podcast. “And I regretted it before I lost everything.”

They also complained that some people do not accept her explanation, accusing the sleep drug Ambien for a tweet that compared with the former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person made by the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.” Barr said: “I was affected, you know.”

She tweeted that she “accidentally thought that [Jarrett] was white.”

ABC quickly stopped “Roseanne” last month after Barr’s first tweet. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said that the “heinous, repulsive and incompatible with our values.”

In the interview, Barr claimed that she “never would have wanted it called a black person a monkey.”

“I told God,” I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings, because I know that I’ve done wrong. I am planning to accept what the consequences are, ” and I do, and I did,” Barr said. “But they don’t have to stop. They do not accept my apology, or explanation. And I have a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it is just terrible. It is terrible.”

Barr said of her tweet that they don’t understand what they think I meant.”

“But I have to admit that it hurt people,” Barr said. “If you hurt people, even inadvertently, there is no excuse. I don’t want him to walk away and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought or felt offended, and thought that I meant something that I in fact do not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there is no excuse for ignorance.”

ABC on Thursday announced that this fall it will air a 10-episode Conner family comedy without Barr. In a statement issued by the manufacturer, Barr said they agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.

Although “Roseanne” prompt outcry for jokes about the characters of color and an episode some critics, the so-called Islamophobic, built a huge tv viewers.

More than 25 million people watched the revival of the first episode in March.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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