Roseanne Barr believes “Roseanne” was canceled not because she compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape, but because she voted for Donald Trump.
“This was my statement from the very beginning and it will continue to be forever, because it is the truth: When ABC called and asked me to explain my ‘egregious and unforgivable tweet,’ I told them, ‘I thought Valerie Jarrett was white.’ And I also said, ‘I am willing to go on ‘The View,’ ‘Jimmy Kimmel‘ or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience,’” Barr, 65, griped in a video posted to her YouTube channel.
“Now instead what happened, about 40 minutes after that, my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out, and I was labeled a racist,” she fumed. “Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple: Because I voted for Donald Trump, and that is not allowed in Hollywood.”
Barr explained that she released her official statement on her channel in order to speak “to [her] fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media.”
Last week, Barr said her now-notorious tweet wasn’t racist because she “thought the bitch was white.”
Barr was previously apologetic for her tweet and blamed Ambien for her racially-charged comments.
“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show,” Barr tweeted after the cancellation.
“I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs. … I also told Ben Sherman that I would go in hospital to check my meds, bc the stress had made them less effective.”
Barr also claimed that her tweet was a commentary on anti-Semitism, writing, “Rod Serling wrote ‘Planet of The Apes.’ It was about anti-semitism. That is what my tweet referred to – the anti semitism of the Iran deal. Low IQ ppl can think whatever they want.” She argued that her tweet was “insensitive” but “not racist.”
After canceling “Roseanne,” ABC announced a 10-episode Conner family spinoff without Barr’s involvement.
Barr says that she’s had job offers since “Roseanne” was canceled and also claimed to have turned down press interviews to avoid “untrustworthy” media bias, instead opting for self-interviews on her own YouTube channel.