One of America’s highest rating TV shows has been abruptly cancelled after its star went on an “abhorrent” racist rant on Twitter.
Comedian Roseanne Barr took to the social media platform on Tuesday morning, where she fired off a tweet which referred to former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett as looking like the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”
In a statement, the US network which broadcasts the popular TV sitcom, confirmed the show was being axed.
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“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said.
Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney company, Robert Iger, supported the decision by saying “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
The 65-year-old actress has since apologised over the tweet which has now been deleted.
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
The Australian broadcaster of the show, Network Ten, has also confirmed it has pulled “all remaining episodes of the show.”
“Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement.