ABC have pulled the plug on ‘Roseanne.’
In an unprecedented (yet commendable) move, the network have opted to cease working with the show’s lead Roseanne Barr after the shocking racist remarks she made on social media earlier today.
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As reported, the 65-year-old was dragged on every corner of social media after branding President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett an “ape.” Her exact quote was:
With many calling for disciplined response from ABC, the network obliged by scrapping her show altogether.
In a short but direct statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey:
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
The news is positively stunning.
For, the show’s revival was a mega-success – drawing almost 20 million viewers per episode. A reality unheard of in today’s scripted, on-demand climate.
And with said viewership comes hefty advertising dollars that are being wilfully left on the table. Put simply, ABC are sending a loud and clear message.
If there’s one drawback, it’s the fact that Barr’s disgusting remarks have now affected the careers of her castmates.
At the time of the tweet, ‘Roseanne’ actress and exec producer Sara Gilbert (who was the driving force of the reboot) blasted her longtime friend and colleague. She said:
“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. 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.”
Unfortunate as it is for the rest of the cast, we say good riddance to bad rubbish.