FILE - In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Roseanne Barr arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" on Friday in Burbank, Calif. Barr has apologized for suggesting that former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” Barr on Tuesday, May 29, tweeted that she was sorry to Jarrett “for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks.” Jarrett, who is African-American, advised Barack and Michelle Obama.
Photo: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File
Photo: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

John Lewis, celebs react as ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ 

On Tuesday, ABC canceled ‘Roseanne’ after the actress sent a racist tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett, former advisor to President Barack Obama, to an ape.

Barr later apologized on social media, calling her statement a “bad joke,” but Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President, released a statement saying: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Read more: ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after Roseanne Barr’s offensive tweet

After the announcment, a range of  celebrities, media personalities, activists and politicians including Rep. John Lewis took to Twitter to chime in and they overwhemingly congratulated ABC on their decision to give Roseanne the heave-ho: 










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Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.
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