The ABC reboot of Roseanne was recently cancelled following the show’s leading lady describing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett in a racist and Islamophobic manner, calling her the product of the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”
Since, the controversial comic has blamed everything from Ambien to left-wing hypocrisy for her downfall. She also admitted to “begging” her network for forgiveness and to not cancel her show, a move ABC Entertainment President, Channing Dungey, clearly had no interest in.
“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs,” she shared via Twitter.
He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: “what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.’ I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg,” she tweeted later.
She also apologized to co-star Jayden Rey, who is Black.
“I think I’ll b better tomorrow. The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew 2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American. It’s the most gawd awful painful thing. I can’t let myself cave in tho.”
Barr has since deleted these tweets.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.