John Goodman Responds to Roseanne Cancellation

Adjust Comment Print

TV network ABC cancelled the revived '90s show after Barr's racist tweet about former President Barack Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett, in which the comic compared the respected advisor, who is African-American, to an ape.

John Goodman has broken his silence about the cancelation of Roseanne following star Roseanne Barr's tirade on Twitter this week, saying that "everything's fine". The tweet was widely condemned as racist.

'I know Roseanne. And I know Trump. That is when Donald Trump pointed out that he never received a call of apology from Iger on behalf of the many ABC employees who have personally insulted him and his administration. "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication", wrote the company on Twitter.

Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, apologized in a memo Wednesday to "the many men and women who poured their hearts and lives into the show and were just getting started on next season". "The day began by reading her tweet and I was immediately horrified. And so I felt that we needed to take into account what Jemele and other people at ESPN were feeling in this time, and that resulted in us not taking action on the tweet that she put out".

Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, said: 'Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have made a decision to cancel her show'.

Iger and Jarrett did not immediately respond to requests for comment about Trump's tweet.

In a video obtained by Entertainment Tonight, the 65-year-old actor spoke out for the first time since Roseanne's cancellation, insisting he'd rather stay quiet. She revealed that, after seeing Barr's tweets, she'd called her manager to quit Roseanne, which was exactly when she discovered that the series had already been canceled by the network.

Barr sounds like she would support such a development.

The actress did apologize via her Twitter account for the original tweet that set all of these events in motion yesterday and deleted the racist tweet. I was hoping the so-called new and improved "Roseanne" as it was billed might help to bridge some of the divide among people that exists in our country today.

Before retweeting the conspiracy theory, Barr asked Cornett if the post was true.

"Roseanne" had been getting huge ratings and attracting a lot of credit for ABC, not least because it focused on middle America, and had a Trump-supporting lead character, a demographic which is often ignored by TV.

Comments