White House comes out fighting on Roseanne racism row

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

While Barr has apologized for her tweet about Jarrett, she has also repeatedly defended it - calling her words "insensitive, not racist." "When I read her social media, in the very beginning..."

"When I read her social media in the very beginning, and I saw how she was so into the conspiracy stuff with Donald Trump and so how far gone she was, and the "pizzagate" and Hillary is a pedophile and Obama wasn't born here, she was, you know, a 'birther, ' and how insane that was - I just knew that this would not end well", Arnold said.

Barr still claims she was just joking when she compared Jarrett to "Planet of the Apes" and the Muslim Brotherhood in a tweet on Tuesday morning. Confusingly, she has also continued to retweet messages that appear to contradict her apology.

That led to the response on Twitter by the drug maker Sanofi.

An old picture of Roseanne Barr dressed as Adolf Hitler, wearing a swastika and pulling burnt cookies from an oven, splashed on the front of the New York Daily News Wednesday like a neon sign asking ABC executives: What were you thinking? And so, Americans are sitting home like Roseanne and her fans, are like, oh my God, what is happening out there? Rather than judging Roseanne the show based on what the star was like off camera, I chose to judge the sitcom by what I saw on the screen - separating the art from the artist, and all that.

She later said this evening she was "examining her options" after the internet made her feel like "fighting back" after she faced enormous backlash for her tweet toward former White House aide Valarie Jarret, whom she likened to an ape and accused her of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood political party.

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Barr later deleted this tweet, but in another pointed again to her use of Ambien as a reason for her misconduct. "Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) but I've done weird stuff while on Ambien - cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc". She responded: "Please leave me alone, thanks". Dungey's boss, network chief Ben Sherwood, even joked then: "If anyone came to play a drinking game based on how many times we mention 'Roseanne, ' you're welcome".

By that afternoon, ABC had canceled its highly watched revival of the "90s hit "Roseanne", which had earned favorable reviews. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me".

The show scored huge ratings and was renewed for an 11th season after largely positive reviews - including from the president.

There was also CBS' firing of Charlie Sheen from "Two and a Half Men" during his freakish spate of behavior.

"Good riddance", he tweeted about the "Roseanne" cancellation.

Barr retweeted that, too.

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