Roseanne’s dodgy ex­cuses for racism

Daily Star - - NEWS - ® by RUTH McKEE ruth.mckee@dailystar.co.uk

CO­ME­DIAN Roseanne Barr was mocked last night af­ter claim­ing her racist rant about a black po­lit­i­cal ad­viser was “sleep tweet­ing”.

Her show was axed by US net­work ABC af­ter she called for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama aide Va­lerie Jar­rett a “child of the mus­lim broth­er­hood & planet of the apes”.

Roseanne, 65, claimed she sent the Twit­ter mes­sage to 750,000 fol­low­ers af­ter tak­ing high-strength sleep­ing pill Am­bien.

In a now-deleted tweet she told her fans: “Guys I did some­thing un­for­give­able so do not de­fend me. It was 2 in the morn­ing and I was am­bien tweet­ing…I went 2 far.”

The bizarre ex­cuse soon at­tracted scorn on so­cial me­dia. One tweet said: “I have only taken Am­bien once but I don’t re­mem­ber one of the side-ef­fects be­ing racism.”

The comic’s re­vived show, called just Roseanne, had at­tracted huge rat­ings since its re­turn in March and was praised by Pres­i­dent Trump.

He tweeted last night: “Bob Iger of ABC called Va­lerie

Jar­rett to let her know that ‘ABC does not tol­er­ate com­ments like those’ made by Roseanne Barr.

“Gee, he never called Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump to apol­o­gize for the HOR­RI­BLE state­ments made and said about me on ABC.”

Co-star John Good­man, 65, looked de­spon­dent yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the show’s ax­ing.

Ms Jar­rett, 61, re­spond­ing to Roseanne’s racist slur, said: “I think we have to turn it into a teach­ing mo­ment.”

SACKED: Roseanne. Left, co-star Good­man af­ter can­cel­la­tion

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