The writing’s on the wall for ABC’s ratings-darling Roseanne.
The rebooted series has been promptly cancelled following a racist outburst by the show’s star Roseanne Barr in which she tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to President Barack Obama, was “an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.”
Although Barr later apologised online (in further tweets) for her offensive remarks, her comments sparked backlash among the cast, and prompted consulting producer Wanda Sykes to quit ahead of a potential eleventh season.
However, in a statement today, ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey said: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Co-star Sara Gilbert also commented on Barr’s “abhorrent” remarks, adding that she does “not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
Gilbert then added, “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
Barr responded: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. 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.”
However, this appears to be one last apology that is at least one tweet too late.