ABC Cancels “Roseanne”
ABC has put an end to its mega-successful revival of sitcom “Roseanne” after its star when on an unexpected Twitter rant yesterday. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey in a statement.
Yesterday Roseanne Barr sent a politically charged tweet linking Chelsea Clinton to liberal donor George Soros and a racially charged tweet about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and born in Iran.
“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,” Roseanne later tweeted, after writing she was quitting Twitter.
Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the show, immediately quit. Social media, meanwhile, lit up with criticism of both Barr and ABC, with some calling on the network to either suspend the star, or cancel her show. ABC chose the latter and has not announced what will now anchor Tuesday next season.
Viacom Networks, Hulu and Laff Pull “Roseanne” Repeats
The networks of TV Land, Paramount Network and CMT will no longer be airing encore telecasts of the first nine seasons of sitcom “Roseanne” effective immediately. ABC, meanwhile, has pulled the show from Emmy contention, and Barr’s talent agency, ICM, dropped her. Information about the show also is no longer available on ABC’s press site. Hulu and nostalgia themed diginet Laff have also removed the show from their schedules.
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Summer 2018 TV Series Premiere Schedule
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