Celebrities share their reactions about 'Roseanne' cancellation on Twitter
Many celebrities, like Sara Gilbert, took to Twitter to reveal their reactions upon the abrupt cancellation of Roseanne following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets.
Just recently, social media users went into a frenzy after ABC decided to cancel the highly-profitable show after its main lead character, Barr, attacked Valerie Jarrett on Twitter.
While most stars praised the network for its quick action to do its obligation as a network that sticks to their values, others attacked the show for hindering Barr’s freedom of speech.
Celebrities pitched in to share their thoughts about the issue, including stars of the show like Gilbert.
She called Barr’s comments ‘abhorrent’ and suggested that what Barr said did not reflect the beliefs of the cast, crew, and everybody else connected to the show. Gilbert then went on to state that she was disappointed with Barr’s actions.
Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) May 29, 2018
In another tweet, she also said, ‘This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.’
The actress who plays Roseanne’s granddaughter on the show, Emma Kenney, admitted that she was about to quit when she found out about the show’s cancellation.
I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable.— Emma Kenney 🌹 (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018
She added that she felt empowered by the decision of ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, as well as Wanda Skyes.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
Shonda Rhimes, TV megaproducer, expressed how sorry she felt to the whole production team of Roseanne for being badly affected by Barr’s inappropriate comments. Although, she acknowledged that ABC made the right decision in firing Barr.
Debra Messing, Misha Collins, and Mark Frost also offered their two cents regarding the cancellation.
I just heard #rosanne is cancelled. My reaction— tears. I am so relieved and grateful. The hate that has been spewing from those in Trump’s orbit has really taken a toll on all of our souls and psyches. I didn’t believe it would happen. I had lost faith. Thank you @abc .— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) May 29, 2018
Roseanne was making boatloads of $ for @DisneyABCTV. For them to cancel it because of Roseanne’s racist, xenophobic rants on twitter shows a great deal of corporate responsibility & just how powerful the public’s outrage can be! Keep raising your voices! https://t.co/5OJ4SZcSFi— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) May 29, 2018
See America? It’s not that hard to turn away from hatred and lies. Time to cancel the Trump Show. https://t.co/8UpUQns3WM— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) May 29, 2018
As for actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi, he posted a picture of himself with Valerie Jarrett and simultaneously slammed Barr on the caption.
Other stars like Jeffrey Wright and Kumail Nanjiani expressed their concerns about the backlash that may come from fans stating that ABC discredited Barr’s right to speak freely.
Aaaaannnd cue the people who just celebrated the NFL targeting player protests defending Roseanne Barr now on 1st amendment grounds. 3,2,1....popcorn.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 29, 2018
The two actors may have been onto something since some celebrities attacked ABC, like Alex Jones and Kaya Jones.
Hey @ABCNetwork how come you didn’t cancel @jimmykimmel when he made racist jokes about our @FLOTUS ? But you are willing to cancel @therealroseanne for the same thing? Hmmm guess men still run Hollywood— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) May 29, 2018
As for the other stars, they made light jokes about Roseanne’s cancellation to ease the tension on social media.
Roseanne Barred.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 29, 2018
Roseanne now has more free time to investigate pizzagate— Desus Nice (@desusnice) May 29, 2018