Roseanne Barr is back! Star to return to TV, 5 years after controversial exit from hit show
The popular television personality, Barr was fired from her TV show for making a racist comment on Twitter about Barack Obama’s adviser
After being abruptly dismissed by ABC over an allegedly racist tweet directed at an adviser to Barack Obama, Roseanne Barr is gearing up to make her way back to the big screen next year.
The 69-year-old will produce and perform in 'A Roseanne Comedy Special' which will air on Fox Nation with "no subjects off limits."
According to the media organization, the one-hour comedy show will be her first in 16 years. "Roseanne is a comedy icon whose humor connects with the American audience like no other," Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation said. "Her ability to channel the challenges of everyday people and find the humor in all has earned her the passionate following of millions of dedicated fans." Barr will join other famous people who have their own shows on the platform, such as Sharon Osbourne, whose four-part series is scheduled to debut on September 26.
The contentious television personality hasn't been on TV since she was fired from her popular program 'Roseanne' after tweeting that Valerie Jarrett, an African-American adviser to Barack and Michelle Obama, looked like the "Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby."
Barr previously told Daily Mail that she has been reluctant to reenter the public spotlight after her controversial remark. After that, she was swiftly let go by ABC and much of Hollywood basically put her on the dole. Barr claimed at the time that she was unaware of Jarrett's race and disclosed that she had written the now-deleted post while under the influence of Ambien. "When it happened it was like I thought I was gonna lose my life," she recalled. “It was devastating and horrible and is unprecedented too that they would do that to me."
Barr believes that ABC's decision to fire her was in a way linked to her continuous backing of President Donald Trump. "All of Hollywood, they just hate him and they hate those of us who like him. There is no way around it. So, yeah, I think they took me off because I liked him and I like him because I'm a Jew and he likes Israel," Barr said. She apologized for "making a bad joke" about her politics and appearance after posting the controversial tweet to Jarrett. "I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste," she wrote.
Despite this, her postings generated a fierce response, and detractors demanded that ABC cancel her show, which rose to become the third-highest-rated US program behind 'This Is Us' and 'Sunday Night Football.'