- Roseanne Barr posted a YouTube video on Thursday addressing the tweet that got her fired from her hit ABC sitcom, “Roseanne,” in May.
- In the brief video, Barr screams that she compared former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an “ape,” in the tweet that led to her show’s cancellation, because she “thought the b—- was white!”
- The video comes 11 days after Barr took to Twitter to say that she would appear in a televised interview. She later back-tracked and said that she would instead release a video on her personal YouTube page.
Roseanne Barr posted a YouTube video on Thursday about the tweet that got her ABC sitcom, “Roseanne,” canceled in May.
In the brief video, Barr screams “I thought the b—- was white” about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, whom Barr compared to an “ape” in a tweet that led ABC to cancel her show. (“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr tweeted in May, in reference to Jarrett.)
Barr released her new pseudo-interview footage 11 days after she took to Twitter to say that she would appear in a televised interview.
“To my wonderful fans who I treasure and love-who have carried me these past weeks when I was 2 weak 2 carry myself: I will be doing a TV interview this week,” she tweeted on July 8. “I’ll tell u about it tomorrow!”
The next day, Barr walked back her previous tweet.
“After a lot of thought, I decided that I won’t be doing any TV interviews, too stressful & untrustworthy 4 me & my fans,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m going to film it myself & post it on my youtube channel in the next week-the entire explanation of what happened & why! I love you all-sign up & get ready.”
In the video released to her personal YouTube page on Thursday, an off-screen voice coaches Barr to conduct the video like “a presidential address,” as Barr, smoking a cigarette, protests that she wants to talk about “Valerie Jarrett and Iran,” which she says her tweet in May was meant to address. She then wildly screams that she thought Jarrett “was white.”
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the video is Barr’s second public response to her firing, after she appeared on a podcast episode with the Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for his eponymous podcast last month, in which she cried and expressed “horrible regret” about her tweet.
ABC has since announced that it will produce a new show called “The Conners,” starring the whole cast of the “Roseanne” reboot, with the exception of Barr.
Watch the video below:
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