Roseanne: Iconic sitcom cancelled after star who once claimed 'Ireland belongs to Britain' posted racist 'ape' tweet
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Roseanne: Iconic sitcom cancelled after star who once claimed 'Ireland belongs to Britain' posted racist 'ape' tweet

ABC has cancelled the rebooted sitcom Roseanne after lead actress Roseanne Barr posted a 'racist' tweet about a former Obama aid.

It comes after the iconic show made a hugely successful comeback earlier this year - becoming one of the most watched sitcoms on American TV after more than two decades off the air.

And with just one week to go until the season finale, the show has now been cancelled with immediate effect after Barr likened ex-Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

In a short statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said the network had scrapped the sitcom due to Barr's tweet being “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values."

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Barr later deleted the tweet - which also claimed Iranian-born Ms Jarrett was the "baby" of the Muslim Brotherhood - and apologised for the "unforgivable" post.

In two posts, Barr wrote: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans.

“I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better.

“Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.

“I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.”

Barr has also been dropped by her agency, ICM Partners, who said they were "greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne".

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The firm added: "What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency.

"Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client."

Overnight, streaming service Hulu confirmed they had also pulled the latest season of Roseanne, while US channels TV Land, CMT, and Paramount Network will stop broadcasting re-runs of the series' original nine seasons.

Irish tweets

It comes little more than a year after Barr, 65, angered Twitter users this side of the Atlantic by claiming that the Irish were "occupying Ireland" in a similar manner to the situation between Israel and Palestine.

In March 2017, she tweeted: "The lefty Irish R up to their armpits in hosting anti semitic festivals abt killing all jews in Israel, but h8 me saying give Ireland away2".

She also wrote: "Give Ireland back to the British too."

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