Roseanne Barr claims she was sacked by ABC because she "voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood"
Roseanne is still adamant that people see her side of the story in the racial tweet controversy as she blamed the network for firing her because of her political leanings.
Roseanne Barr took to her YouTube channel to break her silence on her firing from 'Roseanne' by ABC. Releasing an "official statement" about her firing, Roseanne claims that the 'real reason' behind her firing was not her racist tweet but that she had voted for President Donald Trump. "When ABC called and asked me to explain my ‘egregious and unforgivable tweet,’ I told them I thought Valerie Jarrett was white,” she claims. “I also said, ‘I am willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel, or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience’. " However, things did not turn out the way Roseanne wanted and she believes it was because they just wanted her out of the show.
“Now, instead what happened was, about 40 minutes after that, my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist," she said. "Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It’s because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood." Hours before this post, Roseanne posted yet another video in which she claimed that she thought Valerie Jarrett was white.
In the video, Roseanne is seen smoking a cigarette while her interviewer talks about a hypothetical presidential scandal. “I’m trying to talk about Iran!” Barr interjects, “I’m trying to talk about, Valerie Jarrett wrote the Iran deal! … That’s what my tweet was about!”I know,” the interviewer replies. “You’ve explained this literally 300 times.”
It is then that Roseanne loses her temper and says, "I thought the b**** was white! Goddamnit! I thought the b**** was white! F—k!” This is not the first time that Roseanne opened up about her racist tweet. Appearing on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's podcast, the actress confessed that she regretted the words she used to describe former President Barack Obama's aide. Roseanne tried to convince listeners that she did not intend to hurt anyone.
“God, it’s really hard to say all of this,” she said. “I didn’t mean what they think I meant, and that’s what’s so painful. But I have to face that this hurt people -- and when you hurt people, even unwittingly, there’s no excuse, so I don’t want to blabber off on excuses. I apologize to anyone who felt offended and thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean to my own ignorance.”
The actress admitted that there is a lot of "remorse" that she feels following the incident. “I’m a lot of things. I’m a loudmouth and all that stuff, but I’m not stupid, for God’s sake," she confessed. "I never would have wittingly called any black person… say they are a monkey. I never would do that! And I didn’t do that."