ABC has pulled the plug on “Roseanne” following a series of racist, anti-Semitic tweets fired off Tuesday by the show’s creator, Roseanne Barr.
“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 Tuesday.
The shocking turn of events came within hours of Barr’s tweets — in which she compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape — sparked outrage from those who pleaded with ABC to act.
The fallout began Tuesday afternoon, when Wanda Sykes announced she was quitting as consulting producer of the hit revival, which debuted in March.
“I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC,” the stand-up comedian tweeted.
Sara Gilbert — who played Barr’s TV daughter Darlene Conner in both iterations of the show — said Barr’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,” Gilbert tweeted just before the cancellation was announced. “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
In a series of bizarre tweets, Barr took aim at Jarrett, Chelsea Clinton and billionaire George Soros.
“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” she wrote in the tweet, which has been deleted.
In other posts, she wrote, “Chelsea Soros Clinton” and then followed up with “soros’ goal; the overthrow of us constitutional republic by buying/backing candidates 4 local district attorney races who will ignore US law & favor ‘feelings’ instead-and call everyone who is alarmed by that ‘racist.’”
Barr also accused Soros of being a “nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth.”
Her offensive comments sparked outrage on Twitter, where #SuspendRoseanneNow was trending.
“Roseanne” originally aired from 1988 to 1997 but was brought back in March to rave reviews and ratings. Barr reprised her role as brash matriarch Roseanne Conner, an unabashed Trump supporter who’s at political odds with the rest of her family.
After the hour-long debut picked up 18.1 million viewers, the comedy was picked up for a second season — its 11th overall.
Barr and John Goodman, whose character Dan Conner was resurrected after dying of a heart attack in the series finale, each raked $2.25 million for the nine-episode reboot’s first season — or $250,000 per episode.
The second season was slated for 13 episodes.
Celebrities, including “Avengers” star Don Cheadle and Barr’s ex-husband Tom Arnold, also weighed in on the controversy.
“You can take @RoseanneOnABC out of racism,” Cheadle tweeted, “but you can’t take the racism out of @therealroseanne …”
In a reply to CNN’s Brian Stelter – who noted ABC execs know Barr’s social media posts are “problematic” but that there’s no way to control her — Arnold ripped his ex’s tweets as “dangerous.”
“@brianstelter that’s funny. ABC execs figured out a way to control me. They blocked me from promoting anything on ABC because I called out Roseanne Barr & her dangerous tweets. @GMA” Arnold wrote.
Meanwhile, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough tweeted, “Hey @ABC, Roseanne Barr compared Valerie Jarrett to an ape. There is no apology she can make that justifies @ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed. This is one.”
Producer Michael Green, who wrote blockbusters like “Alien: Covenant” and “Blade Runner 2049,” extended job offers to “Roseanne” staffers.
“Any actor who quits Rosanne in protest has a job on my next show,” he tweeted.
Barr apologized to “Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans” before announcing she was quitting Twitter for good.
Her account was still active as of early Tuesday afternoon.
Additional reporting by Michael Starr
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