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Roseanne Cancellation Drama: Every Tweet & Reaction

James Pickens Jr. Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in Roseanne

Roseanne Barr Responds Defiantly

Barr did return to social media, tweeting up a storm. Initially, she seemed apologetic, and made a point of saying she felt bad for all those who had lost their jobs. Only then she began retweeting her fans, who were defending her with the hashtag #StandbyRoseanne. Shortly after that, in another abrupt turn, she asked her supporters not to defend her. However, since then, the actress has continued to retweet and engage with supporters, especially those who claim her treatment was unfair in comparison to liberal's behavior.

Barr also responded to Gilbert and Fishman's tweets, seemingly trying to provoke further reaction, though she was unsuccessful. In response to Fishman, who played D.J. on the show both as a child and an adult, she replied: "I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it.ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!” While to Gilbert she seemed slightly less hostile, simply replying with "Wow! Unreal." Later on, Barr seemed to (sort of) excuse Gilbert's stance on the matter: “I understand her position and why she said what she said. I forgive her. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed fucked up … She’s distancing herself from me and my tweet-she has to.”

The Blame Shifts to Ambien

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in Roseanne

While everyone was shocked by Barr's initial tweet and then the very quick backlash and repercussions, the most shocking (and frankly, hilarious) moment came when Barr took to Twitter again to try and defend her actions in yet another tweet that is now deleted: "guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting -- it was memorial day too -- i went 2 far & do not want it defended -- it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please." As if to reiterate that the sleeping drug was to blame, she also added that she's done "weird stuff" when on Ambien including, apparently, cracking eggs on the wall at 2am.

The Makers of Ambien Respond

Sonofi, the makers of Ambien, were quick to respond to Barr's tweets with a statement that reflected the ludicrous nature of her claims when they pointed out "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."  Dictionary.com went one further on Twitter, giving the the meaning of the word "ambient," which is where the brand name Ambien comes from.

Replacements Line Up

The cancellation of Roseanne leaves a hole in ABC's scheduling, of course, but they needn't worry; many Twitter users are suggesting alternatives, including the return of Agent Carter. Zach Braff not so subtly pointed out that his own ABC show, Alex, Inc. had been cancelled even though he's not a racist, while Brian Fuller was quick to offer the return of Pushing Daisies, which would certainly be popular with its fanbase. However, there's still a possibility that the spirit of Roseanne could live on in one way or another, whether that's with a spinoff following one or other of the central characters, or by killing the character of Roseanne off and continuing the show without her. Right now, though, ABC has remained silent any possible replacement.

President Trump Wades In

Never one to let a tweeting opportunity pass him by, Donald Trump came to the aid of his long-term supporter, Barr, by attacking Disney Chairman Bob Iger on May 30th and May 31st.

Meanwhile, a former Trump aide, Michael Caputo, has announced his plans to try and save Roseanne by taking it to his online streaming startup, Bond. But with cast and crew distancing themselves from Barr's comments, regardless of their political leanings, would anyone from the show be willing to work with her again?

Next: Could the Roseanne Revival Continue Without Roseanne?

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