ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' After Her Racist Twitter Tirade
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ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' After Her Racist Twitter Tirade

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 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. 

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