Did Rosie O'Donnell Defend Roseanne Barr's Vicious Valerie Jarrett Tweet?

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ABC Entertainment's president Channing Dungey announced on Tuesday that the network chose to cancel the "Roseanne" reboot following Barr's tweet comparing Jarrett to an ape.

In a statement regarding her comments, Barr explained how she ended up tweeting about former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and that she doesn't want people defending her. And then some sarcasm (and a third-person reference): "Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the awful statements made and said about me on ABC".

On Tuesday, the chairman of the network's parent company, Disney, said the cancellation "was the right thing" to do, and Barr was dropped by ICM Partners, the talent agency that represented her.

"You don't have to look at the faces you're attacking", she added.

In a tweet, O'Donnell said the comment Barr "tweeted was racist and childish and beneath her best self", later adding that the actress "has apologized".

The decision came after Barr tweeted that former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American and was born in Iran, is like the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby". "I hope the good work done is not totally eclipsed by those abhorrent and offensive comments, and that Roseanne seeks the help she so clearly needs". After co-stars Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman tweeted their own condemnation of the tweets, Roseanne fired back.

As previously reported, the star returned Tuesday evening for a round of tweeting in which she asked fans not to defend her or boycott ABC over the cancellation. "I forgive her. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed f-ed up". Sykes had responded to Barrs invective by announcing via Twitter that she wouldnt return to the show.

Fishman whose character had a black daughter in the revival, had called Barr's tweet "reprehensible and intolerable". Trump even called Barr personally to congratulate her on the show's success.

Comedian Roseanne Barr says she accepts responsibility for a late-night tweet that cost her her job, agent and more Tuesday.

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