Valerie Jarrett on Roseanne Barr's racist insult: 'Tone starts at the top'

Following ABC's annoucement that

It's unclear what "statements" Trump is referencing in the tweet, but it likely relates to ABC News' coverage of his presidency. Roseanne also apologized for the tweet and urged her fans not to boycott ABC, since they had the right to fire her.

For her part, Jarrett said during an MSNBC town hall later that day that she hopes this entire episode will be "a teaching moment".

ABC on Tuesday cancelled Barr's popular reboot of "Roseanne" shortly after she posted a racist tweet targeting Jarrett, a former top Obama White House aide. In the tweet, the 65-year-old television star equated Jarrett to be a by-product of Planet of the Apes and a Muslim group. At 5am eastern time- she responded to Michael Fishman's statement- he played D.J. on the show- saying, "I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME". "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting".

She added, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans". But her show drew praise from President Donald Trump, who attributed its popularity in part to his supporters.

She zig-zagged between apologizing for her foul Twitter behavior and retweeting memes that made her apology sound insincere.

Racism is a bitter pill to swallow, and the manufacturer of Ambien isn't taking Roseanne Barr's excuses lying down.

And then things then went from bad to worse, when Roseanne Barr was dropped by her talent agency ICM and the networks carrying reruns of Connor family show were also removed from TV schedules. She criticized Democratic financier George Soros and tweeted that Chelsea Clinton was "Chelsea Soros Clinton", implying she was married to a nephew of Soros. Within minutes of Gilbert's tweets, ABC announced its decision.

The current "Roseanne" was ABC's biggest hit of the 2017-18 season, drawing an average 18.7 million viewers, second only to CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory", according to Nielsen data through May 20. "When you have a president who started his political career around birtherism [a campaign questioning Obama's citizenship by birth]. people like Roseanne feel they're empowered", he said.

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