Roseanne Barr just found out the hard way that there are no do-overs on social media. Barr set off a firestorm across the web this week with a racist insult on Twitter aimed at Valerie Jarrett, former aide to President Obama. The backlash was quick and fierce and although she attempted to apologize and deleted her account on Twitter, it was too late. The damage had been done. ABC responded by cancelling her recently revived show, which had already been renewed for a second season:
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
Barr is a well-known Trump supporter and has certainly been no stranger to controversy over the years. However, the new season of her TV show had received mostly positive reviews and was praised for its humourous and heartfelt portrayal of a divided Middle America. It is unfortunate that the show cannot continue on without her, but when the show name is your name, that is next to impossible. Are you disappointed by this news? Do you think Roseanne’s career will ever recover?