- Roseanne Barr took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to suggest that the racist tweet she sent about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, which prompted ABC to cancel her sitcom, was the result of taking the prescription drug Ambien.
- “guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting.”
ABC cancelled Roseanne Barr’s sitcom, “Roseanne,” on Tuesday after Barr tweeted a racist comment that compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
Barr has gone on a Twitter barrage following the show’s cancellation, apologizing to Jarrett and, in a series of tweets, suggesting that her racist comment about Jarrett was the result of taking the prescription sleep drug Ambien.
“I think Joe Rogan is right about ambien,” Barr wrote in a since-deleted tweet around 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning. “Not giving excuses for what I did(tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien-cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”
“guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me,” she wrote in another since-deleted tweet. “It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. ty.”
Just like when Hitler Ambien invaded Poland pic.twitter.com/J5idn1U3Hd
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) May 30, 2018
Despite her insistence that her followers not defend the tweet, Barr on Wednesday morning retweeted a number of conservative users who suggested that liberal commentators should be fired for making insensitive jokes about President Trump, seeming to point to a double standard in Barr’s firing.
She also followed up with a tweet on Wednesday morning saying that she didn’t blame Ambien for the tweet but “blamed myself,” in response to a Twitter user suggesting she had blamed the drug.
“Yes, I have had odd ambien experiences on tweeting late at night-like many other ppl do,” she wrote. “I BLAME MYSELF OK? it’s just an explanation not an excuse, OK, bully?”
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