'Roseanne' cast's emotional reaction to show's cancellation

Cheryl Kahla
May 30, 2018
08:02 A.M.
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Following the cancelation of ABC's television show Roseanne, cast members have taken to Twitter to distance themselves from Roseanne Barr's racist tweets.


Roseanne compared Valerie Jarrett, an aide to former President Barack Obama, to an ape by tweeting that Jarrett would be the product if the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby.

The actor and comedian have since deleted some of her tweets, and apologized to Jarrett and 'all Americans', saying her joke was in poor taste.

Apart from the cancelation of her show - season 11 would have aired later this year - her cast members have also spoken out against her 'abhorrent' behavior and racist remarks.


Sara Gilbert, who portrays the role of Darlene Connor and serves as co-producer, said she was disappointed in Barr's actions.

She added that her comments were 'abhorrent and did not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew.' In another tweet, she said it it's a difficult time for the crew members.

The team had worked hard to create a show which they were proud of, 'one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.'


Emma Kenney, who delighted fans in the role of stubborn yet lovable Harris, said she was 'hurt, embarrassed and disappointed.' She added that the racist comments were 'inexcusable.'

An hour later, she tweeted that Wanda Sykes and others who have stood up 'for morals and abuse of power' have empowered her. 'Bullies will never win,' she added.

When the story first broke, comedian Wanda Sykes, who was a consulting producer on Roseanne, announced on Twitter that she would not be returning to the show.


Michael Fishman, 36, also shared his thoughts. He was only seven years old when he first joined the cast in 1988, in the role of Roseanne's son, DJ.

He said it is one of the hardest days of his life, not because the show was canceled, but his fellow cast members have poured their hearts and souls into the show's revival.

'Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strived for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness.'

Michael Fishman, Twitter, May 29, 2018


He also 'condemns [Roseanne's racist statements] vehemently and said her statements were 'reprehensible and intolerable.'

Fishman also refused to remain silent about this matter, because that would 'unintentionally endorse or placate those statements.'

Roseanne was initially released in the late eighties and ran for nine seasons before coming to an end in 1997. Season 10 premiered two decades later, in May 2018.

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