Barr's tweetstorm came hours after ABC announced it was cancelling the reboot of her show Roseanne over a racist tweet that referred to former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes".
CNN analyst Van Jones applauded ABC's decision Tuesday to cancel Roseanne Barr's hit television show after her now-infamous "Planet of the Apes" tweet. "I am now leaving Twitter". Standard Media Index, another industry tracking service, estimated that advertisers spent an average of $167,159 per 30-second ad during the show in April, which made "Roseanne" ABC's most expensive show. "I'm exhausted of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse", Barr wrote, without specifying which comedians she was referring to.
Following growing outrage, Barr tweeted that her comments about Jarrett were a "joke" and that she would leave Twitter.
"We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning". Barr claimed late Tuesday night that she posted that apology after the show was canceled, in response to some, like MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who claimed it was a network forced apology.
In addition to the continued royalties from episodes of Roseanne, other sources of income for Barr include TV cameos, TV appearances and books, giving her a total of $42million (£31.6m) by 2011.
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"I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed".
Confirming the cancellation of the ABC show, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have chose to cancel her show".
I'm glad she was wrong. Today my words caused hundreds of people to lose their jobs.
Barr later deleted the tweet and said it was a joke, adding "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans". I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry.
"I'm fine", she said.
Several minutes prior to the post, she shared a similar sentiment regarding her desire for fans not to stick up for her, despite the fact that she appreciates their efforts.
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