Emma Kenney was one of Roseanne Barr’s co-stars that responded to her racist Twitter rant. On Tuesday, the actress shared her disappointment in Barr for her tweets.
She added on Twitter that Barr’s behavior was inexcusable. Later on, the actress revealed that she had planned on quitting Roseanne when she found out it was canceled.
Emma Kenney starred as Harris Conner-Healy in the sitcom revival of Roseanne. In her response to Barr’s racist tweets, the star shared that she was hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed in Barr.
A few minutes later, Kenney explained in her another tweet that she’d called her manager to quit the show but found out it had been canceled. She added that she was empowered by people like Wanda Sykes and Channing Dungey.
Sykes, who worked as a consulting producer on the series, shared that she would not be returning for the second season. The star did not offer an explanation for her departure but many speculated that it was a direct result of Barr’s comments.
Dungey is the president of ABC Entertainment who announced that the revival of the sitcom had been canceled. In a statement, Dungey said ‘Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.’
‘I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.’
Emma Kenney, Twitter, May 29, 2018
Barr’s racist tweets came after she responded to another Twitter user espousing a conspiracy theory that Valerie Jarrett had helped cover up alleged crimes for the Barack Obama administration. In the now deleted tweet, the star wrote, ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby= vj.’
After being called out by other Twitter users and co-workers, Barr apologized for the first time and said she was leaving the social media site.
Then in a separate tweet, she apologized to Jarrett and to all Americans. Jarrett worked in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017.
She was the Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Jarrett was born to American parents in Shiraz, Iran, where her father ran a children's hospital.
She and her family moved back to the US when she was just seven years old.