ABC Cancels 'Roseanne' TV Show After Racist Tweet

Vera Anderson  WireImage  Getty Images Roseanne Barr appears at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel

Roseanne had posted a statement on Twitter apologising for her "bad taste joke".

"Roseanne" was canceled by ABC shortly after Barr posted tweets referring to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as the child of the Islamist organization the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie "Planet of the Apes".

Barr added that she will address the controversy Friday on Joe Rogan's podcast.

Barr also blamed her outburst on the sleeping pill Ambien and asked fans not to defend her - although she has since liked and retweeted dozens of messages of support.

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As well as two further apologies to Jarrett, Barr released a statement on Twitter, which read: "I deeply regret my comments from late last night on Twitter". I don't blame ABC for nearly immediately canceling her show, which preempted an exodus of advertisers. "I am sorry for making a thoughtless jokes that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry", she wrote. "I'm exhausted of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse", Barr wrote, without specifying which comedians she was referring to.

Regardless of her shifting personal politics over the years, Barr's attempts at what she calls humor have remained consistent - beyond taking no prisoners, she burns down the village and salts the earth.

"Hey guys, don't defend me, it's sweet of you 2 try, but... losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more", Barr wrote. "Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client". "I am sure they are going to lose some revenue potential from next season, but the fallout from the comment made this an easy decision, especially when you consider the Disney brand". Today my words caused hundreds of people to lose their jobs.

"I'm fine. I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense". "I think the bigger question is why was she given this opportunity to have this show again in the first place when her reputation precedes her?"

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"#Rosanne is who she tells you she is with every comment and tweet".

"I'm fine", she said.

Barr sparked a storm of controversy in the U.S. overnight when she compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, to an ape.

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