'Roseanne' cancelled: ABC axes comedy after comedian's tweet

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The veteran actor and Roseanne Barr's TV husband broke his silence on Barr's racist Twitter fiasco, gingerly broaching the subject that led to his hit ABC TV show getting canceled on Tuesday.

A second season of Roseanne Barr's revived sitcom was canned in the wake of a tweet she made about former President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi was quick to push back - trolling Barr in an acerbic post that quickly went viral.

Barr, who had apologised for her comments, tried to further fix the damage on Wednesday, tweeting: "I'm not a racist, I never was & I never will be".

U.S. President Donald Trump waded into the discussion on Wednesday morning, asking why Disney chief executive Bob Iger didn't ever call him. "I'm so sick over this - they will never have better character actors on their network", Barr wrote.

Jarrett responded to the controversy saying she was, "worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence".

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Despite vowing to leave Twitter, Barr returned to social media after Tuesday's cancellation to describe her comments as "indefensible", before retweeting several statement in support of her.

Roseanne - which originally ran from 1988-96 - was rebooted in March this year to huge ratings but was abruptly cancelled this week over a racist tweet sent by Barr, in which she called a former Obama aide an "ape". "I made a awful mistake wh (ich) cause hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs". "I mean, you were already racist but maybe Ambien made it worse?"

In addition, Roseanne Barr's firing from the network left stars of other ABC television shows extremely happy. "And I think that we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now, certainly, that the president is spending his time on".

She also wrote: "Give Ireland back to the British too". "I don't know anything about it", Goodman said when asked what his response was to the fallout. She often interacts with Twitter users who traffic in conservative conspiracy theories and Islamophobic memes and has repeatedly promoted some of them herself.

Is Roseanne Barr, known for her unique cackle, looking for the last laugh?

The show dealt with contemporary issues like Donald Trump's election as the US President, illegal immigration, and Muslim-Americans. But much of its progress would have been threatened if it looked the other way at Barr's tweet.