ABC has canceled Roseanne after Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter tirade against Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday.
In a statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Earlier Tuesday, Barr tweeted:
The tweet was deleted, this was the original comment on Valeria Jarrett. pic.twitter.com/Ydi5pdVqUw
— andrew kaczynski???? (@KFILE) May 29, 2018
The racist tweet spurred a flurry of outcry on social media, with many calling for ABC to cancel Roseanne.
She later said, “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.”
Among the bevy of controversy the show has gotten since the reboot premiered, one, in particular, included an offensive “joke” directed toward black-ish and Fresh off the Boat which Dungey said she stood behind at the time.
Despite the controversy, the show remained a ratings juggernaut for the network, which makes the move to cancel the show a big one.
More to come.