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US Sitcom Roseanne cancelled after star’s racist tweets

CANCELLED: Roseanne Barr's now deleted tweets led to ABC pulling the plug on her hit show

AMERICAN SITCOM Roseanne has been cancelled after the show’s star compared one of Barack Obama’s former advisers to an ape.

Roseanne Barr, the show’s central character, said in a now deleted tweet: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."

The initials VJ refer to Valerie Jarrett, an African-American and former advisor to former US president Obama.

Barr’s tweet was sent in response to another tweet that accused Jarrett of being part of a cover-up by the Obama administration.

ABC, the network behind the Roseanne reboot, its top programme, made the decision to pull the show after the tweet, which was published on Monday, came to light.

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."

Barr has apologised for the tweet.

She said: “I apologise 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.”

Jarrett said: “I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment.” I’m fine. I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense – the person who’s walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse or walk across the street. Or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation, ‘the talk’ as we call it. Those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.”

Director Ava DuVernay tweeted her support for Dungey, the first African-American president of ABC Entertainment Group, after the decision to drop Roseanna was announced.

ICM, Barr’s talent agency, has said that it will not continue to represent the actress.

In a statement, ICM said: "We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning.”

"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."

This is not the first time that the reboot has been at the centre of a race row.

Last month, the show faced a backlash after an episode aired in which characters ]

In the episode Roseanne said: "It's 11 pm. We slept from Wheel [of Fortune] to Kimmel.”

Dan followed up her comments with: "We missed all the shows about black and Asian families."

Roseanne responded with: "They're just like us. There, now you're all caught up."

The dialogue is understood to refer to ABC's Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, both shows air on the network during the time slot mentioned.

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