Wanda Sykes didn’t wait for “Roseanne” to be cancelled for her to cancel Roseanne.
The comedian and actress took to Twitter to state she would not be returning to the ABC show’s second season.
I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) May 29, 2018
This was after Roseanne Barr, the main actress of “Roseanne,” went on a racist tirade on Twitter and suggested that Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama, was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes.” It was just the latest of a series of disgusting tweets she’s made about Donald Trump, Obama, Hillary Clinton, and race.
Roseanne Barr, 2018: I apologize for comparing Valerie Jarrett, a black woman, to an ape. I should have known better. Forgive me—my joke was in bad taste— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) May 29, 2018
Roseanne Barr, 2013: I apologize for comparing Susan Rice, a black woman, to an ape. I should have known be pic.twitter.com/P10YtYH9Sc
Wanda Sykes was a consulting producer on the most recent season of Roseanne. Last month, she described to Metro Boston why she wanted to work on the show. Sykes says she was a “fan of the show.”
"Extreme anything is nuts. Extreme left is just as nuts as the extreme right," she said. "The only way that we're going to patch things up in this country is the people in the middle got to start talking to each other instead of just battling it out on Twitter."
After extreme backlash from social media, ABC cancelled the highly-rated show. "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," network president Channing Dungey said in a statement.
Roseanne Barr ended up apologizing about her tweet, but the damage was already done.
I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
I apologize 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.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
Good riddance! #ByeFelicia
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