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ABC cancels “Roseanne” reboot after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet

The ever-controversial comedian has apparently gone too far.

ABC cancels “Roseanne” reboot after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet
[Photo: courtesy of Adam Rose/ABC]

ABC has officially canceled Roseanne after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to President Obama.

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The reboot, which became the No. 1 show on TV, was slated for a second season. But ABC decided to pull the plug in the wake of the backlash over Barr’s comment.

In her since-deleted tweet, Barr said “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” referencing Jarrett who was born in Iran to African-American parents. Barr apologized for the tweet and said she was leaving Twitter.

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But apparently, the damage was already done.

“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.

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We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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KC covers entertainment and pop culture for Fast Company. Previously, KC was part of the Emmy Award-winning team at "Good Morning America," where he was the social media producer.

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