Roseanne Barr Opens Up About ABC Firing And Racist Claims: "I Made A Mistake. It Cost Me My Life's Work"

Date July 27, 2018

We all remember how ABC canceled the show that many of us had been looking forward to – Roseanne. And we all remember the bitter reason behind it – an offensive tweet about Valerie Jarett that Roseanne Barr posted on her feed.

What was it all about?

The TV star said that a former Obama administration official looked like as if "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby". It's no surprise the executive producers decided to fire her.

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Now, the actress has finally opened up about the scandal, revealing her side. As she told Fox News, she didn’t mean the tweet to be racist, as it was purely political, and she didn't even know Jarrett was black.

I feel like I have apologized and explained and asked for forgiveness and made recompense, that's part of my religion.

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In fact, being racist is the opposite of who Roseanne wants to be. She says she never meant to hurt any race of people. Instead, she wants to advocate a broader dialog on inequality and race relations.

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As she added:

We need to talk about race and everything that's connected to it.

Barr claimed that she could have fought the firing, but she decided not to, learning from her mistakes:

I made a mistake. It cost me my life's work.

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How did the public react?

The interview caused mixed reactions with some people defending Barr and some supporting the network.

What do you think about it?

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