‘Roseanne’ Canceled by ABC After Star Makes Racial Slur

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Hours after star Roseanne Barr posted a racist message on Twitter, ABC has axed the reboot of her hit comedy Roseanne.

Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, said there was "only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing to do".

Responding to a comment about Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama, Miss Barr tweeted, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

Barr's controversial sitcom earned $39.6 million in national advertising revenue since its debut on March 27, according to estimates from tracking service iSpot TV.

After a barrage of criticism on social media, Barr apologized to Jarrett, who is mixed race, and to "all Americans" for what she called a "joke".

Barr apologized to Jarrett, who is African American and was born in Iran to American parents, saying "I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me".

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Following Barr's Twitter rant, one of the show's consulting producers, Wanda Sykes, said she's done with the show.

Barr tweeted several times late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning and retweeted dozens of fans coming to her defense. "Maybe I just didn't get the call?" I am grateful for the important work @OpenSociety does in the world. "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!"

Barr wasn't the only Roseanne actor pulling in $250,000 an episode during the successful revival - Variety reported that John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, also made $250,000 an episode. "Our government is only going to be as good as we make it".

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Likewise, Barr's talent agency ICM said its teams were "greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet".

"Roseanne Barr's comments were appalling and reminiscent of horrific time in our history when racism was not only acceptable but promoted by Hollywood".

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She signed with the agency in August, Variety reports. She also lashed out at co-stars Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert.

Roseanne, which was originally on for nine seasons between 1988 and 1997, was immensely popular in its return earlier this year.

Viewers warmed to her depiction of a wise-cracking, sarcastic working-class mother and she was rewarded with three nominations for Emmys - television's equivalent of the Oscars - winning in 1993.

In an apparent contradiction to her apologies, most of the other sentiments she shared on her Twitter account were angry remarks that her supporters directed at ABC Entertainment.

As the weeks went by, viewership slightly decreased.

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