Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne's racist Twitter rant: 'A teaching moment'

Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne's racist Twitter rant: 'A teaching moment'

"Roseanne", the top new show of the TV season, was canceled by ABC in the wake of star Roseanne Barr making a racial slur on social media about a member of the Obama administration. It was particularly popular among many conservative viewers because Barr's character expressed support for President Donald Trump. During the broadcast, she was asked about Barr's tweet.

Barr had earlier apologized and said she was "now leaving Twitter". I should have known better.

In a statement on Tuesday, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey announced the network is cancelling Roseanne.

ABC announced Tuesday that the network will be canceling the recently revived show "Roseanne" following controversial and racially charged tweets about a former Obama adviser from the show's star, Roseanne Barr. Barr's comments were quickly denounced as racist.

Added Disney chief Robert Iger: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing".

Roseanne originally aired from 1988 until 1997, telling the story of the working-class Conner family in IL. Barr's Twitter account was still active as of noon ET on Tuesday.

"This should be a teaching moment", Jarrett said, according to an MSNBC preview of the session.

During the town hall, Jarrett also noted she was "fine" after the whole ordeal though she worries how racism will affect those who "don't have a circle of friends and followers coming to their defense".

Roseanne Barr has now been dropped by her agents over the racist tweet that led to the cancellation of her TV show.

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Barr also made comments on Twitter about Chelsea Clinton, tweeting, "Chelsea Soros Clinton". A handful of television personalities have been pushed off the air, either temporarily or permanently, after advertiser boycotts.

On CNN's Outfront tonight, Lemon said there's a bigger issue here about people who face "everyday racism" in America, saying they are certainly part of the "forgotten men and women" too.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had signaled Trump's silence on the subject, en route to rally.

He called the comedian in March to congratulate her for the ratings of her rebooted show.

Given all that, it seems no wonder that the new Roseanne was canceled.

Anger among the show's supporting cast added to the pressure on ABC.

Roseanne's executive producer and showrunner, Bruce Helford, also responded to the cancellation news in a statement to Variety: "On behalf of all the writers and producers, we worked incredibly hard to create an incredible show".

ICM Partners, which represents Barr, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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