Maybe ABC Does Not Have to Cancel ‘Roseanne’ After All
: Unless you are living under a rock, you already know that ABC pulled the plug on its mega-successful sitcom reboot of “Roseanne” after some politically charged and racist tweets by the star. Bravo to Walt Disney Co. and Channing Dungey, the network’s entertainment president for taking an immediate stance. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,”
Congrats to the network, meanwhile, for understanding why it needed to do what it without delay. In today’s complicated world, where the rise of social media gives every American citizen a platform to voice their opinions, there is just no room for a narcissistic rant from someone who should have learned years ago to keep her mouth shut.
On Tuesday, Roseanne Barr sent a tweet out linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet saying former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran, is like the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby.”
“Roseanne” the sitcom, of course, is the current top-rated entertainment series in primetime, and the key behind the sudden surge in importance of the linear programming platform. Let’s not forget that we are smack in the middle of upfront selling season where a refreshed linear model (thanks in great part to “Roseanne”) could translate into added interest from the advertising community. So, the last thing ABC, or any broadcast network, needed was for Ms. Barr to implode, particularly at this very moment.
While Roseanne the individual could survive her crotch-grabbing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner in the summer of 1990 (and a time when the original “Roseanne” was heading into season two) and all her other “mishegoss” (translation: bullshit) that was a time where there was no social media. And, of course, the political climate was certainly not as tumultuous. So, I say adios Roseanne. You blew your golden comeback and you need to fade into where you belong: oblivion.
But maybe there could also be another option. For more, click here