Roseanne Barr blames Michelle Obama for getting her fired from ABC show over racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett
ABC in June last year pulled the comedian's show from its network after she posted a racist tweet, comparing Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman, to an ape.
Disgraced comedian Roseanne Barr on Monday blamed former first lady Michelle Obama for getting her fired from her ABC reboot "Roseanne" last year. ABC on last year in June announced that it was pulling the comedian's show from its network after she posted a racist tweet, comparing Valerie Jarrett, an African American woman and Obama's friend, to an ape.
"Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr had tweeted with the initials referring to the former aide to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett. The comedian later deleted her tweet.
Barr, in a weak attempt to defend herself later, claimed that she did not know Jarrett was black when she likened her to a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes." The comedian later took responsibility for the remark by calling it "very stupid" and saying that she wrote it in an "inebriated condition". However, during her interview with the UK's Sunday Times Magazine, published on Monday, Barr blamed the former first lady for getting her axed from her show.
"She (Obama) said, 'This tweet is unforgivable.' That's what I was told," Barr said while referring to Obama. "I tend to believe it because the woman who fired me is now working with the Obamas at Netflix." Channing Dungey resigned as president of ABC Entertainment Group last year and is currently Netflix's vice president of original content. Reports state that the Obamas have signed a production deal with the streaming network.
Barr, last year, had retweeted multiple statements, claiming that Michelle Obama was behind her firing from ABC.
One of the tweets shared by the comedian read: "According to sources ABC President Channing Dungey had a long conversation via phone with former First Lady Michelle Obama before deciding to cancel the Roseanne show. Michelle Obama was reportedly enraged and insisted an apology was inadequate."
Barr, in her latest interview, also accused ABC of having an issue with her support of President Donald Trump, whom she described as a "read deep thinker" and a "genius."
"They hate powerful women and they hate powerful, deplorable women and I do consider myself deplorable," she said. "Deplorable is the greatest thing Hillary ever called us, because it empowered a revolution - we are deplorable to her kind. Of course, all working-class people are deplorable to her because it was working-class people that elected Trump," she said.