‘Roseanne’ reboot gets the boot | Inquirer Entertainment

‘Roseanne’ reboot gets the boot

/ 12:30 AM June 01, 2018

Roseanne Barr —AFP

ABC, the network behind the reboot of the top-rated sitcom “Roseanne,” has decided to grab the bull by the horns by giving the show’s arrogant star the boot.

It won well-deserved “pogi” points from viewers for canceling the series’ second season just hours after its incorrigible star tweeted a series of racist rants against former US President Barack Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett, business magnate George Soros and ex-presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton.


As CNN noted, the very quotable comedienne responded to a comment about Jarrett by tweeting, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj.” This quickly generated furious and exasperated reactions from netizens and the powers-that-be, including Barr’s costars and big bosses.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” said Channing Dungey, president of Disney-owned ABC Entertainment. ICM, the 65-year-old actress’ talent agency, has since dropped her.


Valerie Jarrett —AFP

Valerie Jarrett —AFP

Roseanne’s coworkers, like Sara Gilbert (who plays her daughter), Emma Kenney (who portrays her granddaughter) and cowriter/producer Wanda Sykes, were likewise horrified by her reckless actions. And while they’re at it, why not send her … a mirror?

Sara was quoted as saying that Roseanne’s comments “do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew. We’ve created a show that we believe in—[and] one that’s separate from the opinions of one cast member.”

Jarrett calls the incident a “teaching moment,” and Barr has since apologized.

In our book, the network’s course of action was quick, decisive and just. Take a bow, ABC, for reminding people that not everyone in Tinseltown refuses to stand up to brats and bullies—and not everything in the business of show is about money. —RITO ASILO

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