In a stunning move, ABC has canceled the Roseanne revival after Roseanne Barr made another yet offensive comment on social media. In a now-deleted tweet, Barr called former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett an ape and compared her to an Islamist organization before issuing an apology and announcing that she's leaving Twitter. However, the damage was done and ABC pulled the plug on the planned second season of the highly successful Roseanne revival. (It should be noted that Barr has a lengthy history of saying racist, homophobic and transphobic things.)
In the wake of the show's cancellation, many are taking to Twitter to praise ABC for cutting ties with Barr, including Roseanne actress Emma Kenney, who played Roseanne's granddaughter on the comedy.
"As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever," Kenney wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Barr's ex-husband Tom Arnold, Speechless star Minnie Driver, director Ava DuVernay, actress Aisha Tyler and many others spoke out to share their support of ABC's decision.
Before ABC cut Roseanne loose, many were already denouncing Barr's comments and putting pressure on ABC to take action. Wanda Sykes was among them, announcing that she would not be returning as a writer and consulting producer next season. Others to speak out included Barr's TV daughter, Sara Gilbert, and Will & Grace star Debra Messing.