One day after losing her sitcom over a racist Twitter post and saying she was leaving the social media site, Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter Wednesday, again apologizing for what she called a bad joke but denying that she is a racist.
“I’m not a racist, I never was & I never will be,” she wrote. “One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities, against networks, studios, at the expense of my nervous system/family/wealth will NEVER b taken from me.”
ABC canceled Barr’s reboot sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday after an early morning Twitter storm by the actress and comedian. One of her posts compared former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote.
She later apologized.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote. “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. I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.”
The damage, however, had already been done. ABC announced late Tuesday morning that it was canceling her series.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment.
Robert Iger, CEO and chairman of The Walt Disney Co., ABC’s parent company, said he supported the cancellation of “Roseanne.”
“There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing,” Iger wrote on Twitter.
Despite her vow to leave Twitter, Barr was back on the site Tuesday night, and again repeatedly on Wednesday. She tagged Jarrett in an apologetic post.
“I wanted 2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet,” she wrote. “I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake (which) caused hundreds of ppl to lose their jobs. So sorry!”
On Tuesday night, Barr tweeted, “Guys I did something unforgiveable 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. ty.”
Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, responded Wednesday morning with a statement reading, “People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
By midday Wednesday, Sanofi’s statement had been retweeted more than 37,000 times.
Barr insisted Wednesday she was not laying blame for her Twitter post on Ambien.
“I blamed myself. … yes, I have had odd ambien experiences on tweeting late at night-like many other ppl do. I blame myself, OK? It’s just an explanation, not an excuse.”
President Donald Trump also weighed in on the issue, but not about Barr’s racist joke. He instead took advantage of the debate to criticize ABC.
“Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that `ABC does not tolerate comments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr,” Trump wrote. “Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?”