ABC drops Roseanne show after racist tweet

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ABC canceled its hit reboot of "Roseanne" on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes".

A statement by ABC Entertainment, which appointed its first African American president in 2016 with Channing Dungey's promotion, slammed the comedian's comments.

Roseanne Barr has asked fans not to defend her after her TV show was cancelled over racist tweets. Others threatened to boycott the show if ABC remained silent. Barr tweeted: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

"Roseanne's recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show". Barr had apologized and deleted her Monday-night tweet, calling it a "bad joke", but the damage had already been done. She followed it up with an apology which read, "I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans".

"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!" she wrote in a separate post. "The person walking down the street, minding their own business, and they see somebody clinging to their purse, or want to cross the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation, 'the talk, ' we call it, and as you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day".

Meanwhile, comic Wanda Sykes, who is a consulting producer on "Roseanne", tweeted that she would not be returning to the show.

Sara Gilbert, who plays Roseanne's daughter Darlene, tweeted saying that the cancellation was "incredibly sad and hard for all of us".

"I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter", she said.

The agency ICM Partners has announced that it no longer represents the interests of the limelight because of his tweet as "disgraceful and unacceptable".

Iger later tweeted out Dungey's statement, and said "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing". He explained, "My character was created to represent the inclusive nature of my views", adding, "We must stand up against bias, hatred, bigotry and ignorance".

The company says it has ended its relationship with Barr "effective immediately".

The "Roseanne" revival this spring was an unexpected major hit for ABC.

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