Speaking on CNN, Arnold told Anderson Cooper that he was concerned about Barr’s behaviour before the decision was made for the show to return to ABC for a new series, following its conclusion in 1997.
“I had a feeling this was going to happen when I first heard it was coming back,” he said. “When I read her social media in the very beginning, and I saw how she was so into the conspiracy stuff with Donald Trump and so how far gone she was, and the ‘pizzagate’ and Hillary is a pedophile and Obama wasn’t born here, she was, you know, a ‘birther,’ and how crazy that was -- I just knew that this would not end well.”
The show was cancelled by ABC after Barr fired off a series of racist tweets comparing Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a character from Planet of the Apes and linking her to the Islamist organisation Muslim Brotherhood.
Barr wrote, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” in replying to a tweet claiming Jarrett helped with cover-ups during the Obama administration.
In a statement, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey wrote: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Barr later deleted the tweet and later apologised for “making a bad joke about her politics and her looks”. She said: “I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.”
Addressing her fans, she later wrote: “Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting... went 2 far & do not want it defended. Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien”.
Arnold, who was married to Barr for four years prior to their divorce in 1994, told CNN that she had a long history of racist tweets.
“It’s a meme that she and thousands of her alt-right fans do,” Arnold said. “They love calling black people monkeys. It’s not a one time joke, OK. They do it because we have a white trash racist president. That’s a fact. Donald Trump -- Roseanne and I have both known him 30 years. That’s an absolute fact.”
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