Monday 18 June 2018

Roseanne Barr says she begged TV bosses not to cancel show to save jobs

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr
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Roseanne Barr pleaded with TV executives to allow her to apologise in order to save the show from being cancelled.

The reboot of the ABC show Roseanne, which also starred John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, was cancelled on Tuesday after Roseanne posted a racist tweet in which she suggested former aide to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, looked like an ape.

Despite tweeting an apology, it was later announced that the show would not return for season two.

In another flurry of tweets, the beleaguered actress said she begged Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, to let her apologise in order to save the show and the jobs of her cast and crew.

"I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show," she tweeted. "I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs (sic)."

Roseanne explained how the TV executive asked her "what were you thinking when you did this?", and when she explained she thought Jarett was white, "He scoffed & said: what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable'".

She continued: "I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain?", adding that she was upset about Jayden Rey’s potential reaction to the news, the young African-American actress who plays her granddaughter.

"The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American,” Roseanne said.

She fired off several more tweets but ended on a defiant note, tweeting: “I begged like 40 motherf**kers. Done now.”

The actress was condemned by her castmates Michael Fishman, who plays her son, who called her statements "reprehensible and intolerable", while his TV sister, actress Sara Gilbert, called Roseanne's tweet "abhorrent”.

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