ABC Cancels Roseanne After Racist Twitter Outburst By Roseanne Barr

Roseanne was previously renewed for a second season on ABC.

Though it was previously renewed for a second season, the Roseanne revival has officially been canceled. The move to end the show comes after star and co-creator Roseanne Barr tweeted comments that compared former President Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape. "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," she wrote.

Though Barr apologized for the racist outburst, it was too late. In a short statement, ABC President Channing Dungey announced, "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show." Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney company, echoed Dungey's statement in a tweet. "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing," he wrote.

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The cancellation came after fallout from within the show's creative team over Barr's tweet. Comedian Wanda Sykes, who served as a consulting producer during Season 1, announced she would not return to the series. Meanwhile, executive producer and co-star Sara Gilbert condemned her TV mom's comments.

"Roseanne's recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least," she wrote on Twitter. "This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love--one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."

Previously, co-showrunner Whitney Cummings announced she was leaving the show due to her stand-up comedy touring schedule and work commitments. Barr has yet to respond to the show's cancellation. The second season of the series was originally scheduled to return in the fall for 13 episodes. The first season was a smash hit for ABC in the ratings, where it ended the season as the number one scripted series on broadcast TV--topping NBC's This Is Us and The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

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