ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Barr attacks, former Obama aide
Uproar after the controversial series star compare Valerie Jarrett to a ‘monkey’; reaction from Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz.
Only 64 days — that’s how long Roseanne Barr’s big TV comeback lasted.
For ABC’s “Roseanne” back on the air, Barr, 65, had not a remarkable role since 2012, according to IMDB.
Her most recent performances prior to her namesake show back in 2012 were a made-for-TV movie with the title “Downwardly Mobile”, and the short-lived series, ” Roseanne’s Nuts,” which aired for one season in 2011. Other than that, they made headlines in 2012 for her failed presidential run.
And for her social media outbursts.
ROSEANNE’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL MOMEMENTS
The return of Conners gave the star her comeback in a big way. The show’s premiere was a ratings giant, which led to an immediate renewal for a second season, and it seemed as if the actress was hitting her stride.
But a racist tweet of Barr on Monday, caused ABC to immediately cancel the series.
It seems that Barr knew all along her presence on social media can cause a problem for her professional success. Barr admitted back in January that her children had, in fact, removed her Twitter password so that she could focus on her career comeback.
Barr explained at a Television Critics Association panel to promote it again in January: “I’m not on Twitter no more, and actually, it was my children who took my Twitter password away from me. I didn’t want it to affect the show. So I’m taking a bit of a break.”
But the stars struggled to remain broken.
In April, she revealed that she was back on the social media, but they maintain that they are only online to promote the show and would not talk about the politics in the Twitterverse.
I’ve already deleted facebook five years ago, when the anti-semitism there was toxic. I’m leaving all social media, except instagram.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) 19 May 2018
She told USA Today in April: “I had to get off [Twitter], because everyone was mad at me. I’m not doing any more political. I do not want anyone to be mad at me. I will try to find another way to say what is important to me.”
Her plan did not last long.
The first weekend in April, she made headlines for getting in a heated discussion with the writer, Jared Yates Sexton, about an article that he wrote about the tone of the pro-Trump plots.
They also turned heads for a tweet to claim Trump ” has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world…” She then removed the controversial message.
And a quick scroll through her tweets since April, reveal a mind-boggling amount of retweets political content for someone who insisted she was to stay away from the politics. They posted memes and articles with advice on topics ranging from immigration, to Trump and possession of firearms.
biggest conspiracy of all time: trump-russia collusion ‘theory’
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) 21 May 2018
Meanwhile, the show made headlines for politics. The premiere turned out to be the family Conner was divided about the 2016 presidential election, and Roseanne Conner was revealed to be a Trump supporter.
The series continued to tackle topics, such as health care, opioids, and Roseanne’s discomfort when the Muslim neighbors moved next door.
People who work on the show and separated from Barr very pro-Trump stance and its increasingly clear political color as the eight-episode sequence.
don’t worry, #Roseanne show fans in the coming season to be even braver/funnier/timely than this season, despite what everyone else wrongly says.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 16, 2018
Co-showrunner Bruce Helford told The Hollywood Reporter in April: “I don’t discuss her politics, her own company. There is Roseanne Barr, and then there is Roseanne Conner. There are a number of similarities and plenty of differences.”
Shortly before what would become the final episode of “Roseanne,” ABC President Channing Dungey told Deadline that the second season would focus less on the political aspects of the characters and return to the family dynamics.
But Barr’s tweet, the train stopped in its tracks.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is appalling, abhorrent and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to show her,” Dungey told Fox News in a statement.
Barr later apologized calling her words a “bad joke.”
ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam contains EVERY RACE of people.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) 29 May 2018
In just 64 days, Barr wanted tweets took her from helming a breakthrough hit sitcom focused on Central America is a disgraced former star without a show, or desk back to her future efforts.