It has been widely reported that ABC chose to neglect the story of Roseanne Barr from writing racist and offensive things on Twitter when she decided to revive her eponymous sitcom about the struggles of a working-class family.
Considering the potential for a rating success that could attract viewers who support Trump, the network also seemed to ignore the way in which the comedian has long presented himself as a polarizing public figure, most famous when he grabbed his horse and joined made its way through a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1990.
But what is less known – until now – is that apparently the network was willing to overlook the way Barr would mistreat the people he worked with.
Two new relationships paint the portrait of a spoiled, indulgent and “paranoid” diva who allegedly scolded and yelled at the staff of the original “Roseanne” series and her short-lived syndicated talk show.
Her behavior would leave people walking “on eggshells” around her, according to an executive who worked with her on the set of “Roseanne”, which ran from 1988 to 1997.
“It was a scream – he screamed at people especially those he didn’t recognize and this is scary when you show this extreme diva behavior to people who haven’t done anything,” a former executive at the British tabloid The Sun said. The executive, who asked not to be named, said he worked with Barr for two years in the 1990s.
“I grew up to despise Roseanne because of the bad (explanatory) it has done to people for no reason – and it has always been people with a lower pay – helpless and helpless people,” said the executive. “I think it’s just bad – she’s always ready to say a horrible thing, whatever hurts the most.”
The executive recalled a situation in which Barr asked his young assistant to abandon what he was doing and satisfy his needs, in particular to go out and grill a group of hamburgers for her and the others.
“He felt he couldn’t say no,” said the executive. “He was humiliating enough when he went there to ask her to sign documents. I will never forget that he said he made him prepare his six hamburgers – six just for her – and he ate them all. Then he made him prepare hamburgers for the others. . “
In an interview with CNN, a former writer of the “Roseanne” staff, Stan Zimmerman, said that all the writers were given shirts with numbers so that Roseanne could indicate the shirts and fire them without knowing their name.
“It’s not the best working environment to have that attitude and we were told when we were hired ‘Don’t let her see the whites of your eyes’ because he could point you out and fire you, so I was always behind the tallest person on the set “He told CNN.
Us Weekly reports that Barr also routinely said cruel and humiliating things to his colleagues on “The Roseanne Show”, a syndicated talk show that started a troubled two-year streak shortly after the end of his sitcom.
To convince Barr to do the talk show, producers Michael and Roger King of King World Productions have chosen to ignore “some red flags,” Us Weekly reported.
“As part of her contract, Roseanne asked the King brothers to buy her a home in Lake Arrowhead, in addition to her $ 5 million annual salary,” a source who worked behind the scenes of the show told Us Weekly. “The brothers thought this was outrageous, but they wanted to make Roseanne happy, so they agreed.”
“The Roseanne Show” underwent negative reviews almost immediately after its first performance in September 1998. The show featured a mix of interviews with celebrity guests and Barr making skits that sometimes included audience participation.
Barr blamed her colleagues – never herself – for the fact that the show is less of a brilliant reception, as reported by Us Weekly.
“It would not be unusual for Roseanne to call a department, cursing the crew and lack of support from the King brothers, and detracting from the work she was trying to do to give her a positive press,” the insider told Us Weekly. She was known to cancel last minute interviews and refuse to do photoshoots with major news agencies.
In October 1999, John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols’ fame – was scheduled to appear on the show but was removed during rehearsal. According to a video recorded by Lydon’s own television crew, he said he had been told not to say anything derogatory to Barr, although, he said, “She is the roughest woman on Earth.” He was told that he could not get his TV crew to record backstage scenes even though he had a contract that granted him that permission.
Not only was Lydon’s interview canceled, but also the rest of the week’s recordings, reports say.
Barr began to “leave long minute messages at all hours of the night,” the source told Us Weekly. “She told us that the information she was looking at was better than her show and that we were ruining her life.”
Tom Arnold, Barr’s ex-husband who has worked on “Roseanne” since 1988, said he was not surprised by his racist tweet on May 29 that prompted ABC to cancel the awakening of his show. In the tweet that has since been deleted, Barr described Barack Obama’s former adviser Valerie Jarrett as the daughter of “Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes.” She apologized after facing the backlash, but in the following days made another series of comments on Twitter.
“It was a ticking time bomb,” Tom Arnold told people. “I wasn’t at all surprised by what happened. Zero. He can’t control himself.”
Arnold says Barr suffers from mental illness and believes that his recent behavior on Twitter was an act of “self-sabotage”.
“The pressure was increasing,” said Arnold. “She knew that the new season was coming back and I think it has just arrived and she did it on purpose. For example, the writers will return on Tuesday, I have to solve it quickly. It was too much pressure. “
In one of his attempts to explain and apologize for Jarrett’s tweet, Barr said he was taking help from sleep Ambien, suggesting that the drugs may have altered his judgment. She was widely laughed at for her “Ambien tweeting” claim, with the company that makes Ambien and many Twitter users stating that “racism” is not among the known side effects of the drug.
For the former Roseanne executive, Barr’s offensive, belligerent and conspiracy theory posts on social media reflect the true nature of the star he worked with more than 20 years ago.
“This is nothing new,” said the executive at The Sun. “It has always been this way and at the time they didn’t even have Ambien.”