Patricia Arquette, Kumail Nanjiani and Don Cheadle are among the Hollywood stars contributing to the wave of backlash over what Barr described as a "bad joke."
UPDATE: ABC cancelled "Roseanne" Tuesday morning.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," the network said.
Just before ABC made the announcement, star Sara Gilbert tweeted, "Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love -- one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."
Roseanne Barr found herself trending on the top of Twitter Tuesday morning, but not for any of the reasons one might want such attention.
The ABC sitcom star apologized Tuesday morning for what she described as a "bad joke" about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, but most people on Twitter weren't buying it. Barr had tweeted, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," in response to another person bringing up Jarrett's name. That tweet has since been deleted, but its clear racist overtones were not so quickly forgotten.
Wanda Sykes, who served as a consulting producer on nine episodes of the rebooted sitcom, tweeted out that she will not be returning for the next season. Jemele Hill, the ESPN "SportsCenter" host who famously enraged the president when she called him a white supremacist, tweeted a very careful non-response to the ongoing controversy.
Please God let me mind my business today.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 29, 2018
While Hill wasn't fired at Donald Trump's behest, she was subsequently suspended by the network for violating its social network policy when she tweeted that fans who disagreed with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones statement that he would bench any player who didn't stand for the national anthem should boycott Cowboys advertisers. This time, she's staying out of the fray.
But there were plenty of voices rising up throughout the morning Tuesday. Below are some of their most passionate responses.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
@brianstelter that's funny. ABC execs figured out a way to control me. They blocked me from promoting anything on ABC because I called out Roseanne Barr & her dangerous tweets. @GMA https://t.co/Q0BbE4uhhg— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) May 29, 2018
Hey @ABC, Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape. There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 29, 2018
Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.
The comparison by Rosanne Barr on ABC of Former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett to an APE is racist and inexcusable. ABC must take action NOW!— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 29, 2018
@therealroseanne, you break my heart -- You are a sorry excuse for a human being. How odd that you, as a comedienne, have forgotten then meaning of a "joke" and a personal comment. Your meanness is staggering and will earn you a ticket to a sad, lonely and sorry life.— Rita Moreno (@TheRitaMoreno) May 29, 2018
Black people & monkeys NOT a joke. Nobody's laughing— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) May 29, 2018
Aaaaannnd cue the people who just celebrated the NFL targeting player protests defending Roseanne Barr now on 1st amendment grounds. 3,2,1....popcorn.— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 29, 2018
You know ABC/ Disney told her to apologize or they were pulling the plug...— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) May 29, 2018
Roseanne makes racist Planet of the Apes comment and spreads whack-a-doodle conspiracy series like #PizzaGate#HaveAnotherCocktailRoseanne pic.twitter.com/arFbtTjNu4
A big thanks to everyone who brought Roseanne back into our lives.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 29, 2018
i love roseanne quite a bit— ROSIE (@Rosie) May 29, 2018
the comment roseanne tweeted was racist and childish
and beneath her best self
she has apologized
twitter is a dangerous place
Roseanne is trending! Must be for her show's razor-sharp, brilliantly comedic look at America today, let's take a look... oh.— The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper (@TheOpposition) May 29, 2018
Can I sign up to guest star on her show and then back out?— Josh Gad (@joshgad) May 29, 2018
Nobody does self-sabotage better than Roseanne.— andy lassner (@andylassner) May 29, 2018
When the network calls https://t.co/s7jUypmUgg— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) May 29, 2018
I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret had that racist and bigoted "joke" made at her expense and I am sickened that any Black or Muslim person has to keep hearing this sickness in 2018.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) May 29, 2018
Starbucks and Roseanne are closed today for anti-racism training.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 29, 2018
I’m sure ABC’s lawyers are furiously working on a statement that will “apologize" while not offending Roseanne or fans who agree with her original comment.— Touré (@Toure) May 29, 2018
Roseanne has been a garbage person for years. This ain't new, and @ABC doesn't care...because ratings over everything, amirite? (except when it comes to talking about the NFL on Blackish, I guess). pic.twitter.com/aKoXsNBLrn— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) May 29, 2018
Yes, the same company that produces those cute movies about lions and distributes Pixar films... also supports Roseanne's vile bigotry.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) May 29, 2018
Hmmm wonder why the people who were so angry about Michelle Wolf making a joke about a smokey eye have nothing to say about Roseanne.....— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) May 29, 2018
So @TheRealRoseanne is trying the “It’s a joke” line for her racist tweet about @ValerieJarrett? She is repugnant. I will never watch her show. She blocked me a long time ago. She is a disgraceful woman who I don’t believe for a second was joking.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 29, 2018
New this fall on ABC: ROSEANNE'S FAMILY starring Sandy Duncan.— Keith Phipps (@kphipps3000) May 29, 2018
Dear @ABCNetwork,— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) May 29, 2018
Roseanne Barr's comment isn't "controversial."
It isn't "edgy."
It's not a critique of "PC culture."
This is deeply ugly, hard core racism. It has NO PLACE in the public sphere. pic.twitter.com/iCbfdTyfgJ
Roseanne says she's leaving twitter. pic.twitter.com/CoyGROF5Rj— Dan J (@RelUnrelated) May 29, 2018
If you were outraged about Michelle Wolf’s comments, but you’re not batting an eye at Roseanne Barre’s comments, you are definitely part of the problem.— JustMo (@MikeMofessor) May 29, 2018
Just an FYI Roseanne, you're about 2 more racist tweets away from being cancelled on ABC.— Erik Bransteen (@erikbransteen) May 29, 2018
So, now we can't dance around the fact that Roseanne Barr is a bigot. I mean...we couldn't before, but this is pretty undeniable. I'd ask how ABC can justify giving this woman a show (one in which she has to regularly be around a Black child actor) and money, but I already know.— [kie.ran] (@danblackroyd) May 29, 2018
Donald Trump's vile bigotry says a lot more about the GOP than it says about Trump.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) May 29, 2018
Similarly, Roseanne Barr's vile bigotry says a lot more about the management of ABC than it says about Barr.
Today, Roseanne Barr made a viciously racist comment about Valerie Jarrett & tried to pass it off as a bad joke, & I wish the whole country would shut down for a conversation about implicit bias & how harmful it, as well as outright racism, is for our country. We’re overdue. https://t.co/vqW79yeNnT— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) May 29, 2018
— Zack Handlen (@zhandlen) May 29, 2018
replace *pant* Roseanne with *pant* Christopher Plummer, did I make it in time, am i the first
Michelle Wolf makes a joke about SHS "perfect" eyeliner and gets skewered for attacking her looks.— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) May 29, 2018
Roseanne makes a "joke" saying a black woman had an ape for a parent. Waiting for all those indignant right-wingers to be consistent.
So the same parent company that suspended Jemele Hill for calling out racism is ok with Roseanne's overt racism? Do I have this correct?— Grudge (@grudging1) May 29, 2018
Roseanne is a racist, and if you're hesitant to call her one, you're probably one, too.— Ja'han Jones (@_Jahan) May 29, 2018
Calling many people racist doesn't "weaken the term," it just means that many -- if not most -- of the people you interact with have a severe, crippling character flaw. Next question.
$100 says ABC made Roseanne Barr write that apology tweet.— Red (@Redpainter1) May 29, 2018
To all the actors on Roseanne's show...if you stay silent then you are complicit. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert...all of you!— Ray Nieves (@CinemaRay) May 29, 2018
Roseanne calls Valerie Jarrett a cross between Muslims and Planet of the Apes.@ABCNetwork: Crickets— Invictus (@TBPInvictus) May 29, 2018
NFL players take a knee in silent protest of rampant racism.@NFL: Stand, stay in the locker room, or pay a fine. You got that, boy?#MAGA
Maybe ABC can send Roseanne to Starbucks's anti-bias training.— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) May 29, 2018
Michelle Wolf made fun of a woman’s eye makeup, and Republicans tore her apart.— LWinB (@LWinB) May 29, 2018
Roseanne Barr mocks a woman’s looks, attacks an entire religion, and condemns an entire race, and Republicans just make excuses for her and DVR her next show.#SuspendRoseanneNow
Has Donald Trump congratulated Roseanne on her tweets yet ?— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 29, 2018