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ABC cancels 'Roseanne' reboot after comedienne's Twitter rant

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Posted at 2:27 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 14:27:00-04

NEW YORK (AP) - ABC canceled the successful reboot of 'Roseanne' after Roseanne Barr sent a tweet suggesting that former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes."

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," the official statement from ABC's President Channing Dungey.

Barr apologized and tweeted to Jarrett that she was sorry "for making a bad joke" about her politics and her looks. Jarrett, who is African-American, advised Barack and Michelle Obama.

Meanwhile, comic Wanda Sykes, who is a consulting producer on "Roseanne," tweeted that she would not be returning to the show.

Barr's now-deleted tweet read: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." It was part of a busy period on Twitter for Barr, who wrote tweets or retweeted attacks on Michael Moore, Chelsea Clinton and George Soros. In her apology, Barr said the Jarrett comment was "in bad taste."

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