Trump responds to ABC canceling Roseanne by comparing himself to Valerie Jarrett, gets mocked on Twitter
ABC announced that the comedian's show would not be renewed for a new season following her 'repugnant' tweets
President Donald Trump on Wednesday responded to the cancelation of comedian Roseanne Barr's show on ABC over a racist tweet and claimed that he did not receive an apology by the television network when it aired controversial statements about the President.
Trump, in his tweet, was referring to ABC issuing an apology to Jarrett, a former Barack Obama administration official, for Barr's "abhorrent" tweets. "Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that 'ABC does not tolerate comments like those' made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J Trump to apologise for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe I just didn’t get the call?" Trump tweeted.
The comedian, in her scandalous tweet, had compared an African American woman, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape. She had tweeted: "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” the initials referred to the former aide to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett. Roseanne later deleted her tweet.
ABC, in a statement on Tuesday, announced the cancelation of 'Roseanne' and said that the comedian's show would not be renewed for a second season after what it called her "repugnant" tweets.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC said in its statement.
The comedian had later apologized for the tweet and had blamed it on sleeping medication Ambien. Social media users, however, slammed her for coming up with the excuse, stating racism was not one of the side effects of the drug.
The Roseanne reboot was ABC's biggest hit of the year and was drawing an average 18.7 million viewers, according to reports. Trump has mentioned Barr's character in the show multiple times after it was revealed that she was the President's supporter in the show.
Although Trump's tweet appeared like a defense of Barr's tweet, the White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders, during a press briefing, said that it was not the case. "The president is simply calling out the media bias. No one is defending what she said," Sanders said.
Sanders, on Tuesday, had said that the president was not concerned about the cancellation of the show because "we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now".
Trump's attempt at defending Barr was also met with sharp criticism with Twitter users.