Roseanne Barrs racist tweets were last straw for studio after multiple instances of inappropriate behaviour
Roseanne Barr was sacked in May after posting racists tweets about Barack Obamas former senior adviser, but it wasnt the first time shed crossed the line.
The 65-year-old actor, who had her recently-revived sitcom cancelled after comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape, crossed a line that cannot be crossed according to ABC president Channing Dungey.
Now the studio are claiming they dealt with multiple instances of bad behaviour involving Barr, with this latest incident the last straw for the company.
Speaking to Deadline, Dungey said: [The decision] was actually made very swiftly, and what Im going to have to say is that it was nice that it was so clear to everyone that there wasnt a lot of debate and discussion about it.
She continued: We knew what we wanted to do, and we did it. For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed. But it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done.
In a separate interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Dungey admitted that Barr had a tendency to be outspoken and go off-book, which had led to multiple conversations in the past.
According to Dungey, ABC had warned Barr to keep the focus on the show, but after the final scandal felt some action had to be taken.
The actress has since apologised for the tweet, which lost her a string of contracts as well as her self-titled sitcom, but has also attempted to defend the outburst in several interviews.
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Recently, she suggested her critics should fuck off and that those who were unhappy with her subsequent apology hate jokes.
The apology, made directly to Jarrett in an interview with Sean Hannity, involved Barr explaining away the misunderstanding and also included a jibe at Jarretts haircut.
Because it wasnt. It was political. Im sorry for the misunderstanding that caused, my ill-worded tweet. And, you know, Im sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. I never meant that. And for that I apologise, said Barr.
I never meant to hurt anybody or say anything about an entire race of people, which I think 30 years of my work can attest to.
Plus, Id tell her shes got to get a new haircut. Seriously.
Hmm, not the best apology, is it?
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