Kenya Barris is letting everyone know how he feels!
During Variety’s Path to Parity Summit, he spoke on ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne after the star’s racist tweets.
“I was literally coming out of the show, and I was like f— this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said. But before he did that he called ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, Disney/ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood, and ABC Studios president Patrick Moran to give them a warning. Barris says Dungey asked him to hold off as they were canceling the show, and then news came within minutes.
“It was amazing. Having Channing at the head and having Bob (Iger) be supportive” was significant, he said. However, Barris still questions why Barr was put on air at all because of her prior tweets and social media posts.
He continued to call it “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster, and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers.”
Read/watch the panel here.