Comedian Roseanne Barr was dismissed by ABC back in May just hours after posting a racist tweet. It was a swift decision by the US network – and apparently an easy one.
Speaking to Deadline at TCA 2018, president of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey revealed how straight-forward the process of firing Barr was; there was no warning or probation period, because the network reportedly had “multiple instances” with her.
“We knew what we wanted to do, and we did it,” he admitted. “For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed.
“It was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done.”
Despite the impact the decision had on the Roseanne revival, and the network’s impressive ratings, Dungey said that he will “never” regret taking the show – and its star – back on.
“It’s been a journey with ups and downs but I’m very excited about what we’re going to have with the Conners in the fall,” he said of the upcoming spin-off. “I think its going to be great.”
The controversy surrounding Roseanne Barr continued last month, after the writer apologised for her comments while insisting she was simply “a creative genius”.
Speaking directly to Obama-era administrator Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne said: “If she’s watching, I’m so sorry you thought I was racist, and that you thought my tweet was racist.
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“I’m sorry that you feel harmed and hurt. I never meant that and I apologise for saying anything negative about an entire race of people.”
Barr then added: “I am a creative genius, and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way, and it’s not a good feeling for a citizen, either.”
Roseanne spin-off The Conners is set to premiere on ABC this October.
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