'ABC' officially cancels 'Roseanne'
The Roseanne reboot smashed viewer records with the return of season 10 after more than 20 years, but its success wasn't enough to save it from racist remarks.
Channing Dungey, the President of ABC Entertainment, released a statement confirming that the network has officially canceled Roseanne.
Earlier today, Roseanne Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett would be the product if the 'Muslim Brotherhood and the planet of the apes had a baby.' Her tweet has since been deleted.
Jarrett was a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama. Roseanne later apologized for her offensive tweet, saying her 'joke' was in bad taste.
In the wake of the tweets, comedian Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on Roseanne, announced on Twitter that she would not be returning to the show.
A media frenzy followed and ABC Entertainment decided that it would be in the network's best interest to cancel the show with immediate effect
As reported by CBS News, Barr initially tried to sail around the accusations of racism by saying that 'Islam is not a race.' After her apology, she 'left Twitter.'
Co-producer Sara Gilbert, who portrayed the role of Darlene, said Barr's comments 'are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.'
She added that she was 'disappointed in [Barr's] actions to say the least.'
Roseanne was initially released in 1988 and ran for nine seasons before coming to an end in 1997. Season 10 premiered two decades later, in May 2018.
Most of the original cast members returned during the reboot, including John Goodman in the role of Dan Connor, and 36-year-old Michael Fishman, who was only seven years old when season 1 premiered.