Roseanne re-runs removed from Hulu, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT schedule

Roseanne Barr posted a racist statement on Twitter leading to her show's cancellation

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 30 May 2018 08:29 BST
ABC cancels sitcom Roseanne following Roseanne Barr's 'abhorrent' racist Twitter rant

Following an “abhorrent” racist Tweet from Roseanne Barr, ABC decided to cancel the controversial Roseanne revival they began airing earlier this year.

Soon after the announcement, Hulu confirmed they would also be dropping the show from their streaming service, a spokesperson saying: “We support ABC’s decision and are removing the show from Hulu.”

Viacom have followed suit, cancelling all reruns of Roseanne on their networks Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. A spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the reruns will stop today (30 May).

Laff broadcast network, who also show reruns of the initial Roseanne run, broadcast from 1988 – 1997, have removed the show from their schedule. A spokesperson said: “While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behaviour of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Connor, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week. Therefore, we are removing the original Roseanne series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately.”

Barr received criticism on Tuesday (29 May) for posting a Tweet referencing Barack Obama’s former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, reading: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

Following the message, which was deleted soon after, ABC cancelled the show, calling the Twitter statement ”abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”. Barr was also dropped by her agent ICM partners, the actor deciding to quit Twitter after posting an apolegetic message: ”I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”

Barr returned to the social media platform hours later 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.” The actor has since taken to retweeting support for herself.

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