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“Roseanne” star Sara Gilbert has spoken out about the show’s cancellation for the first time since the news broke last week, saying she supports ABC’s decision.
“I would like to say this has been a very difficult week,” she said on “The Talk” during its first live episode Monday following a week of pre-taped episodes. “A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. This show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion. And it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision ABC made.”
The “Roseanne” reboot was abruptly canceled on Tuesday after its titular star and creator, Roseanne Barr, went on a racist and anti-Semitic Twitter rant, including comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
Gilbert, who plays Roseanne’s daughter Darlene on the show and was instrumental in bringing about the reboot, took to Twitter to release a statement following Barr’s tweets.
“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,” she wrote.
She added in a second tweet, “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.”
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