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February 08, 2019

'Roseanne' reruns canceled by popular TV networks

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Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT announced that they would no longer broadcast reruns of Roseanne following Roseanne Barr's controversial tweet.

The three channels refused to keep the show on the air, claiming that Barr's racist tweet, which she posted around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, was 'disgusting.'

In the now deleted tweet, Barr referred to Valerie Jarrett, former Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration, as the result of a crossover between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes.

The announcement that the reruns would no longer reach the fans came after a statement released by Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, declaring that the Roseanne reboot had been canceled.

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Dungey described Barr's words as 'abhorrent' and 'repugnant.' and said that they didn't reflect the network's values. Upon realizing her mistake, Barr took to Twitter yet again to apologize.

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The posts have since been deleted, but according to the actress, she didn't mean to offend anybody and put the blame on Ambien, the medication that she was on at the time she wrote the tweet.

Wanda Skyes, who starred on the show alongside Barr, responded by saying that she wouldn't return to Roseanne, proving the deep impact that Barr's words had within the African American community.

Later on, after apologizing, the Barr asked her fans and followers to not boycott ABC and to let her defend herself and handle the consequences of her actions.

Racism is one of the biggest issues not only in America but in the world, and Barr's words, backed up by Ambien pills or not, originated quite a backlash. Still, Jarret, the subject of the 'joke,' chose to stay positive regarding the situation.

In front of an audience at MSNBC' Everyday Racism in America, she claimed that Barr's tweet should be seen as a 'teaching moment,' and showed her appreciation for those who stood up for her both on and offline.

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