Wanda Sykes has quit as consulting producer of Roseanne, and with good reason. The actress took to Twitter on Tuesday (May 29) to announce her departure after Roseanne Barr tweeted a slew of racist comments about Valerie Jarrett.
The show’s star, who has a long history of Trump-supporting and racially charged statements, called Jarrett an ape in response to a user accusing the former senior advisor of covering up illegal acts for the Obama administration.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
After a fury of backlash and calls for the cancellation of her show, Barr claimed the bigoted remarks aimed at the Iranian-born African-American were just a “joke.”
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she tweeted. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me—my joke was in bad taste.”
ABC has not yet released a statement about Sykes’ exit, Barr’s remarks or the future of the show.
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