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'Roseanne' canceled following star's racist tweet toward Valerie Jarrett, sitcom star leaves Twitter


ABC has canceled "Roseanne" after she tweeted racist remarks toward Valerie Jarrett, a former White House adviser under President Barack Obama.

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"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

The comedian's rant began Tuesday morning when she wrote, "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." The tweet has since been deleted.

After several people called her remarks "racist," she dismissed the criticism by writing "ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”

The star of ABC's "Roseanne" reboot eventually returned to social media platform to issue an apology and announce she'd be leaving Twitter.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” she said. “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.”

Despite her apology, several continued to express their disappointment. Wanda Sykes, who served as a consulting producer on the ABC reboot, said she would no longer work with the actress.

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Other celebrities, such as Rosie O'Donnell, Don Cheadle and Patricia Arquette also chimed in with their thoughts.

Other said they were not shocked by Roseanne's comments, revealing that she has previously made other racist remarks.


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