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‘Roseanne’ Star Sara Gilbert Denounces Roseanne Barr’s Racist Twitter Tirade As ‘Abhorrent’

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‘Roseanne’ Star Sara Gilbert Denounces Roseanne Barr’s Racist Twitter Tirade As ‘Abhorrent’





Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene Conner on the now-canceled TV show “Roseanne,” said star Roseanne Barr’s recent racist attack on Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was “abhorrent” and called the scandal “incredibly sad and difficult” for the cast and crew.

“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,” Gilbert, who plays Darlene Conner on “Roseanne,” wrote in a tweet.

“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,” she added in a second tweet.

Barr, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, faced intense backlash on Tuesday after she attacked former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett with a racist tweet calling her the “baby” of the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

In the tweet, Barr attacked Jarett, who was born in Iran, as the offspring of the Islamist organization “Muslim brotherhood” and the movie “planet of the apes.”





“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr wrote, using Jarrett’s initials and responding to a tweet accusing the former Obama adviser of helping “hide” misdeeds for the Obama administration.

Jarrett also served as the assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, and a co-chair of the Obama–Biden Transition Project. Before serving in the Obama White House, Jarrett was a CEO, the chairwoman of the Chicago Stock Exchange and the chairwoman of the board of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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ABC Entertainment later announced that it was canceling the show.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement.



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