LOS ANGELES- Walt Disney Co’s ABC network cancelled the popular US television comedy Roseanne on Tuesday after star Roseanne Barr compared a former Obama administration official to an ape in remarks on Twitter.
ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey said in a statement, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Barr said in now what is a deleted comment on Twitter, she wrote that former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was equivalent to the Islamist political movement “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”
Barr, 65, apologised after the comment caused outrage, she said sorry “for making a bad joke” about Jarrett, who is black and was born in Iran to American parents.
Roseanne was ABC’s biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season. The show drew big numbers, on average 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, according to Nielsen data through 20 May.
Jarrett, who the racist remark was directed to, through her spokesman Jordan Finkelstein, she declined to comment.
Roseanne originally aired in 1988 to 1997. The storyline featured a blue-collar family, the Conners, lead by overweight parents struggling to get by and was praised for its realistic portrayal of working-class life.
Barr is a big supporter of President Donald Trump who has latched onto the show’s huge viewership as evidence that his supporters, such asBarr, want shows that speak to their concerns.
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