One day after her shows was canceled by ABC/Disney and her talent agent fired her, Roseanne Barr blamed Ambien for her controversial tweetstorm, in which she compared a former Obama administration official to an ape, and said she was tired of "being attacked and belittled."
In a series of Tweets on Tuesday and early Wednesday, Roseanne said that what she did was “unforgivable” when she posted on Twitter that if the Islamist political movement “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj,” referring to Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Barack Obama.
“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!,” Barr said in a Tweet late on Tuesday. “I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.”
“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-it was egregious Indefensible,” she wrote. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but...don’t defend it please.”
Barr also said that she was tired of “being attacked and belittled more than other comedians who have said worse” and asked for people not to boycott ABC, saying that the network has the right to “do what they wish.” The 65-year-old comedian then apologized “for making a bad joke” about Jarrett, who is black and was born in Iran to American parents. Jarrett, 61, said on Tuesday that Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger called her before ABC announced the show’s cancellation.
In addition to ABC cancelling the "Roseanne" show, Hollywood talent agency ICM also said in a statement on Tuesday it will no longer represent Barr. Several networks said it was removing reruns of her show while Hulu said episodes of the new show would no longer be available on its streaming service.
Ironically, the current “Roseanne” was ABC’s biggest hit of the 2017-2018 season, drawing an average 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” according to Nielsen data through May 20.