Trump weighs in as backlash against ‘racist’ Roseanne Barr continues

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Roseanne Barr has blamed sleeping pills for a tweet that led to the cancellation of her hit show, but the drug company says "racism is not a known side effect".

There has been a ton of reactions to U.S. network ABC's decision to cancel its popular sitcom Roseanne after its star, Roseanne Barr, tweeted a racist comment about former Barack Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett. "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended", she wrote.

Following the initial fallout of her racist tweet, Roseanne co-stars Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene and heralded the new iteration of the show to the air, and Michael Fishman, who played DJ, denounced Barr's actions.

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'.

Barr often spouts right-wing conspiracy theories on her Twitter account, and has found herself in social media hot water countless times before.

Earlier that day, she also targeted Chelsea Clinton, tweeting, "Chelsea Soros Clinton", suggesting in another tweet that the former first daughter is in cahoots with liberal businessman George Soros because she married his nephew. "But you put that phone in her hand and she is a loose cannon".

He also tells The Hollywood Reporter he drafted a statement informing fans that Roseanne was going to spend less time on Twitter, but the idea was rejected by those closest to his ex.

"You guys make me feel like fighting back", she tweeted. Not surprised and I wouldn't doubt it being very true, ' another tweet said.

President Donald Trump again asked Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, which owns ABC, to apologize to him for errors the news network's reporting on his presidency after it had canceled a show and apologized to viewers.

Late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning Barr called that message "unforgiveable".

She later responded to a fan speculating that Barr didn't know Jarrett is black, claiming she indeed "didn't know" before tweeting: "I mistakenly thought she was white".

And while it seemed like Kimmel was coming from a good place with his comments, the TV host was quickly criticized for his words.

"I generally believe he thinks black people are unsafe and Mexicans are rapists", Arnold said. "She knows he's an asshole. It is a weird thing". "Everyone has always been scared shitless of her".

In one of the tweets that sparked outrage, she wrote, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

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