Roseanne Barr blames sleep aid for racist tweet after show cancelled

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In a short statement, ABC President Channing Dungey announced, "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show".

In one of multiple apologies the comedian issued after ABC abruptly canceled her eponymous series, Barr said she was on Ambien when she referred to Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Obama, as "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby". It's unclear what "statements" Trump is referencing in the tweet, but it likely relates to ABC News' coverage of his presidency.

Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC, backed up Dungey's decision to cancel the top-rated show, saying "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing".

Barr was resoundingly condemned Tuesday, including from many who helped make her show successful.

The star saw the plug pulled on Season 2 after she tweeted racist comments about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.

Valerie Jarrett did not seek the spotlight when she served as a senior adviser to former United States president Barack Obama, but has found herself at the centre of a media storm in recent days.

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In another deleted tweet, Barr said of the incident that "it was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting". "You throw me under the bus. nice!" Co-star and co-producer Sara Gilbert condemned the comments.

"I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me", Barr wrote. "I forgive her. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed f-ed up".

She first targeted Fishman's lengthy statement that he shared hours after the show's cancellation.

Later, when a fan pointed out that Gilbert owes a lot of her career success to her time on "Roseanne", Barr actually defended her on-screen daughter.

"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!", Barr said in a tweet late on Tuesday.

Starting tomorrow, syndicated episodes of the recently revived sitcom - which was axed by ABC earlier today after racist tweets from star/co-creator Roseanne Barr ignited a social media firestorm - will no longer run in rotation across the channels.

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