Roseanne Barr to former co-star Michael Fishman: 'You threw me under the bus'

Fishman said: 'I condemn these statement vehemently'

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 30 May 2018 14:45 BST
ABC cancels sitcom Roseanne following Roseanne Barr's 'abhorrent' racist Twitter rant

Just hours after promising to quit Twitter, Roseanne Barr has returned.

While the controversial actor initially posted an apology for making a racist statement about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, the 65-year-old has since decided to makes digs at former Roseanne actors who have distanced themselves from her.

Michael Fishman, who played the titular character’s son on Roseanne, posted a lengthy statement on Twitter calling today “one of the hardest in my life.”

“I condemn these statement vehemently. They are reprehensible and intolerable, contradicting my beliefs and outlook on life and society,” the statement reads.

“My character was designed to represent the inclusive nature of my views. To represent portions of society often marginalized. In this moment it is important to be clear. We must stand-up against; bias, hatred, bigotry and ignorance to make society a better place for all.”

Barr responded by writing: “I created the platform for that inclusively and you know it. ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!”

Sara Gilbert, who plays Roseanne’s daughter, wrote: “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”

Deciding to retweet the statement, Barr added: “Wow! Unreal.”

Emma Kennedy, who plays Roseanne’s granddaughter also posted online – one that Barr has not yet responded to.

Following Barr’s racist statement, ABC made the decision to cancel Roseanne, one of the most-watched TV shows of the last year.

The network called the comments ”abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”. Barr was also dropped by her agent ICM partners, while Vicom networks decided to remove all Roseanne re-runs from their schedule, and Hulu took the show off their streaming service.

After initially apologising on Twitter, Barr returned to the social media platform to apologise once more, writing: “Guys I did something unforgivable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting. It was memorial day too. I went too far and do not want it defended. It was egregious indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but... don’t defend it please.”

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