"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 "Roseanne" star was being raked over the coals for her overnight tweetstorm that saw her attack both Chelsea and Hillary Clinton, and compare a former Obama senior adviser to an ape.
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.
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.
@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
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. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.
@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.
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
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.
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.
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