Just days after ABC pulled the plug on Roseanne Barr’s hit sitcom, Roseanne, because of the actor’s racist tweets, the show’s namesake is still talking.
On Tuesday, Barr took to Twitter to compare former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett to an ape, resulting in Channing Dungey, the first African-American president of ABC Entertainment, pulling the plug on her show.
After Roseanne was canceled, Barr seemed remorseful, telling her fans, “don't defend me, it's sweet of you 2 try, but...losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more.”
However, as Barr’s Right-wing supporters began complaining about “the liberal media” taking her down for being an ardent Donald Trump supporter, the comedian ditched her promise to leave Twitter and instead began re-sharing conspiracy theories about her ouster.
And one of the outlandish claims was aimed at First Lady Michelle Obama.
According to one conservative, “ABC President Channing Dungey had a long conversation via phone with former First Lady Michelle Obama before deciding to cancel the Roseanne show. Michelle Obama was reportedly enraged and insisted an apology was inadequate.”
Though no evidence was provided for the claim other than “sources,” Barr’s supporters ran with the idea and the disgraced actor even re-tweeted the post herself (as well as several other anti-Obama tweets).
Instead of being properly shamed by her actions, Barr’s supporters have seemed to bolster her confidence. After both her new show and the reruns of her old sitcom were yanked from the air, the comedian vowed to “fight.”
“You guys make me feel like fighting back,” she tweeted the day after her show was canceled. “I will examine all of my options carefully and get back to U.”
Although there have been rumblings about the sitcom possibly being picked up by a conservative network, it remains to be seen if Barr's racist comments will have long-lasting effects on her career.