Valerie Jarrett, the Obama aide targeted by Roseanne

Deanna Kelley
May 30, 2018

Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, declared that Barr's statement was "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values".

Valerie Jarrett, a onetime adviser to former President Barack Obama, wants to turn a racist tweet aimed at her by Roseanne Barr into "a teaching moment", she said. "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the disgusting statements made and said about me on ABC".

"Maybe I just didn't get the call?" he added in a fit of sarcasm.

Jarrett, 61, said Bob Iger, chief executive of ABC's parent company, Disney, called her before the announcement was made to apologize.

Yet, the comedienne did not appreciate the condemnation she was receiving from her fellow cast members, whom she's known for years.

Roseanne Barr is blaming her controversial tweet about Valerie Jarrett on a sleeping pill. One of the retweets included photos of Jarrett and Obama next to a photo of an ape.

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The president did it, too. "I understand her position and why she said what she said", Roseanne writes , "i forgive her". Jarrett urged Americans to talk about "those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day".


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The tweet was later deleted, but a screenshot of the post was widely shared, and a firestorm erupted.

Roseanne responded to statements like those by writing, "I'm exhausted of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse".

"I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter", Barr wrote Tuesday morning, though she quickly returned. "He apologized. He said he had zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment and he wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling his show and so I appreciate that they did that so swiftly". "ME", Barr wrote. "You throw me under the bus. nice!"

Following the initial fallout of her racist tweet, Roseanne co-stars Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene and heralded the new iteration of the show to the air, and Michael Fishman, who played DJ, denounced Barr's actions.

The 2018 reboot of the popular sitcom had been attracting high ratings-even while some jokes drew controversy and as Barr kept up her well-established record of promoting baseless, right-wing conspiracy theories.

"Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me", she wrote, after retweeting many fans who had been defending her.

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