‘Roseanne’ revival: When bad people happen to good shows

31 May, 2018, 20:37 | Author: Kristine Mills
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Roseanne Barr is blaming Ambien for her racist tweets and telling her fans, "I'm not a racist, just an idiot who made a bad joke". She also said she was leaving Twitter. And ABC parent Disney, in the midst of a proposed asset sale with 21st Century Fox, likely has shareholders in mind, experts said.

"Ambient does not mean 'prone to making racist comments, ' but it does mean 'of the surrounding area or environment, ' " the tweet said.

Trump tweeted that the CEO of ABC's parent company called Valerie Jarrett to say the network wouldn't tolerate Barr's tweet about her. Trump wrote that CEO Bob Iger never call him to apologize for "the awful statements" that have been said about him on ABC".

Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett during a roundtable with President Barack Obama on Hurricane Katrina at Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.

She claimed she was joking, but then she deleted the tweet and issued an apology to Jarrett and "all Americans".

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Roseanne also took aim at Michael Fishman after he posted a lengthy statement to Twitter explaining how "intolerable" Roseanne's comments were as he wrote: 'I believe our show strived to embrace different backgrounds and opinions, through open dialogue. "But before it did the right thing, it did the wrong thing", she wrote.

Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, responded with a statement full of shade: "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication". In the aftermath of Tuesday's outcry over Barr's tweet, Arnold says he reached out to their mutual friend, Rosie O'Donnell, and asked that she give some public support to Barr via Twitter.

Barr's show was cancelled by ABC on Tuesday after she tweeted out that former Obama White House aide Vallerie Jarrett looked like the offspring of "the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes".

"I tend to be pretty forgiving to people who feel they can get a good show out there and keep the star in check, and you usually can, because a lot of stars can be problematic", said Garth Ancier, a veteran television executive who ran entertainment programming at Fox, NBC and the WB networks. While asking not to be defended, she retweeted comments from supporters that attacked ABC and complained that conservatives are treated more harshly than liberals for their behavior. She was reportedly consulted by the president on every major decision, often accompanied the first family on vacations, and cemented her authority in the West Wing by prevailing in clashes with other senior officials, including former chiefs of staff and press secretaries.

By that afternoon, ABC had canceled its highly watched revival of the "90s hit "Roseanne", which had earned favorable reviews". It had been renewed for an 11th season just two months ago.

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