Sara Gilbert, an executive producer and star of Roseanne, verbally stood out behind the decision to cancel the sitcom’s reboot in her first live appearance since Roseanne Barr’s racist-tweet scandal.
After Gilbert’s daytime talk show The Talk took a week off airing pre-recorded episodes by the time the controversy around Barr’s derogatory statements, the actress returned to live TV to address the issue at length, as Pop Culture reported.
On June 4, Gilbert shared her views about the abrupt cancelation of ABC’s hit sitcom reboot with her co-hosts at The Talk, once again condemning Barr’s offensive rant against former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
‘I am proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love, and inclusion. And it's sad to see it end that way. I'm sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I stand by the decision ABC made,’ she said.
The audience replied to Gilbert’s statement with a resounding round of applause, as her co-stars sitting around her supported the 43-year-old, with Sheryl Underwood giving recognition to ABC president Channing Dungey for her decision.
‘As a black woman who is a comedian, I’m very, very proud of Channing Dungey, who's the president of ABC Entertainment. And as Spike Lee says, a lot of people came together to do the right thing,’ Underwood said.
Gilbert, who played Barr’s daughter in the show that made her famous, was one of the first high profile persons to openly criticize the fallen comedian for her racist and islamophobic tweets on May 29.
‘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,’ she wrote.
A few hours later, it was officially announced that Roseanne was canceled. It was a difficult decision for 49-year-old Dungey, ABC or any other major broadcast network’s first African-American executive, but she was praised for having made it.
Barr expressed her discomfort with Gilbert for having ‘throw her under the train,’ but she later ‘forgave’ her co-stars for calling her out. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.