Influential and talented producer Wanda Sykes leaves "Roseanne" over racial slurs
Wanda Sykes will not be returning to the ABC sitcom "Roseanne." Her decision was made after the show's star Roseanne Barr posted a controversial tweet with racist overtones about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, revealed Sykes on Twitter.
Barr insinuated that Jarrett - who was born in Iran to American parents - has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, and compared her to an ape. “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” using Jarrett’s initials. wrote Barr.
The backlash from the post was such that Barr apologized, referring to her statement as 'a bad joke.' Barr has also deleted the offending tweet and has announced that she is leaving Twitter.
"I will not be returning to [Roseanne],"
Wanda Sykes, Twitter, 29th of May 2018
Sikes is a consulting producer for the hit ABC sitcom, and she made a public statement announcing her decision just hours after Barr's apology.
Barr apologized to Valerie Jarrett and to 'all Americans'. She went on to admit that making unpleasant remarks about Jarrett's looks and politics had been in bad taste. Barr said that it had been a 'bad joke', and not meant to offend.
Jarrett is an African-American with no ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, was one of the most senior aides in the Obama administration.
Bruce Helford, one of the showrunners and executive producers for 'Roseanne' had announced a few weeks ago that his colleague, Whitney Cummings, would be leaving the show.
Cummings had complained that she felt that she had to be the "PC police" behind the scenes on 'Roseanne.' Cummings often had to explain that certain words and terms were offensive and not suitable for prime-time TV.
Sykes, who is a brilliant comedian in her own right, won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999 for comedy writing and had been slated to work as a writer on the show.