It's been a whirlwind week for the cast and crew of Roseanne, with one tweet from the show's star and producer, Roseanne Barr, changing everything. The sitcom star directed an overtly racist insult at former presidential aide Valerie Jarrett, and within hours ABC responded by cancelling the series, which had already been renewed for another season. ABC is reportedly considering a continuation of sorts centered on Roseanne's daughter Darlene Conner (played by Sara Gilbert).
The fallout has been fierce, with everyone from Barr's co-stars to the President reacting to the initial tweet and the news of Roseanne's cancellation. So much has gone on in the last few days that it's not easy to keep track of it all. Luckily, we've done it for you.
- This Page: The Tweet, The Backlash & The Cancellation
- Page 2: Replacements Line Up, Roseanne Reacts & Trump Wades In
One Tweet Started It All
On Tuesday, the notoriously outspoken Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to compare Valerie Jensen, attorney and former senior aide to Barack Obama, to a character from Planet of the Apes. The tweet has since been deleted, but that didn't stop thousands of Twitter users, including multiple celebrities, calling her out for it. Barr apologized for her actions and claimed she was leaving Twitter, but she wasn't silent for long.
Cancellation Was Swift
Unsurprisingly, Barr's racist and deplorable tweet earned a swift reaction from ABC, home to the Roseanne revival. Wanda Sykes, who has served as a consulting producer on Roseanne, very quickly tweeted that she would not be returning to the show and then, amid calls across social media for the show to be cancelled, the following statement arrived from ABC Entertainment President, Channing Dungey:
Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.
In solidarity, Walt Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, firmly backed Dungey's statement, tweeting from his personal account that "there was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing."
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
Roseanne's Co-Stars React
The cancellation of the Roseanne show was a direct reaction to Barr's behavior, but it also meant that the cast and crew suddenly found themselves out of work. Sara Gilbert, who played Roseanne's daughter Darlene, responded to the news on Twitter, calling Barr's comments abhorrent, and adding "This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us." Her sentiments were echoed by her co-star and on-screen brother, Michael Fishman, who tweeted a longer statement, saying her felt devastated for "all those who poured their heart and soul into their jobs."
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do 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.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
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.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
The Backlash Continues
Keep in mind all of the above events had taken place across just a few hours. That's bad enough, but it didn't stop there. With the cancellation of Roseanne's planned second season on ABC, multiple Viacom owned stations, along with Hulu and digital platform Luff, pulled reruns of the original nine seasons of the show. The decision wasn't really a surprise, but the speed with which it was all announced was definitely a reflection of just how seriously the stations had taken Barr's tweet. By this point, it was apparent that there for Barr, there was no coming back from this. But now that the actress had left Twitter, we'd never get to hear her thoughts.