Tom Arnold, right, thinks his ex-wife Roseanne Barr wanted the ABC sitcom cancelled.
Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr’s ex-husband and former “Roseanne” writer, said Wednesday that he believes that the troubled actress wanted the show to be cancelled.
ABC canceled the reboot earlier this week after Barr posted a racist tweet about the former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Arnold said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show was doomed anyway.
“It had to happen,” Arnold told the magazine. “And I will tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen, if you saw how her tweets escalated this weekend. If it hadn’t happened yesterday, this season would have been so awful for everyone, every day, because they would have felt if she was [is] taken advantage [of], like when I got to the show.”
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Arnold said that the whole situation could have been prevented if someone took Barr phone away.
“ABC lost maybe $1 billion inside; this show was grinding out money hand over fist and lost them all because someone doesn’t say, ‘the phone out of her hand, ‘” Arnold said. “She is not going to go on TV and say these things. But that you have a phone in her hand, and she is a loose cannon.”
Arnold said that he went as far as trying to get someone from the Barr family or the “Roseanne” crew to take Barr phone away, and after he told Barr wouldn’t give up the phone, Arnold said that he attempted to write a statement for her that would tell her fans she was taking a break from Twitter.
Arnold, who was married to Barr from 1990 to 1994, applauded the network’s decision Wednesday to bag the show.
“Tons of respect for Bob Iger,” he tweeted. “Tough decision with financial consequences for his company, but for America….umm… now not bug Bob, but maybe someone else may know if I am still banned from all @ABCNetwork for the call of Roseanne Barr first on her racist conspiracy tweets.”
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.