ABC did “the worst thing that could have done me … fire me from my show,” complained Roseanne Barr Vice News tonight, in an interview it will air tonight just before ABC’s presentation The Conners.
In a pre-recorded interview aired on HBO, Barr portrays himself as a victim, describing to Vice “the emotional and psychological impact of the transition from stratospheric celebrity to being completely downgraded,” as Vice said.
“I don’t stay in touch with anyone on the show. I was removed from the work process of my life. It’s the worst thing they could have done to me, it was firing me from my show and letting other people write my life story,” yes Barr complained.
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This time, he is describing what happened like this:
“I was a mother’s home in Salt Lake and I was very happy and my show was number 1 after 20 years – and not only number 1 but 28 million people saw it. So I was in a happy place.”
She said she went to bed, woke up at 2:11, “tweeted that tweet” and went back to sleep.
“When I woke up in the morning it was all over and I said” Uh oh ” [the tweet] he was characterized as a racist, which made my stomach drop to my feet. “
ABC called, said, and asked, “What possible excuse can you have for something you’ve done that’s unforgivable” and a few other words I don’t remember, “Roseanne described.
“I said,” I’ll be happy to go to all the ABC shows, explain it and apologize. “They said” no “, I wasn’t allowed to do it.”
“Not long after, my mother was watching TV and saw that it had been canceled. And that was just the beginning, ”added Roseanne dramatically.
The tweet that caused ABC to abruptly cancel the revival of Barr’s comedy series came a few days after the network made her the star of her Upfront presentation for advertisers.
Striking defeat from the jaws of victory, Barr tweeted, calling Valeria Jarrett, former adviser to President Barack Obama, a progeny of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes”.
In her initial tweet about Jarrett, Barr referred to her as “the Muslim brotherhood and the planet of the apes had a baby = vj”. It was in response to a tweet referring to Wikileaks that the CIA spied French presidential candidates during Obama’s term.
In response to the recall of the racist tweet, Barr tweeted: “Muslims are not a race.” Jarrett, an African American, was born in Iran to American parents.
Later, when the situation started to impress her, Barr tweeted that the original tweet was “a bad joke.” [Jarrett’s] politics and its appearance, “he added,” I should have known him better. Forgive me, my joke was tacky. “
Except that it wasn’t the first time that Barr had called an African-American woman a “monkey”. In 2013, he called Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, “a man with big swinging monkey balls.”
After the cancellation Roseanne, ABC agreed on a spin-off called in June The Conners, with the same original cast members except Barr, after agreeing not to participate financially or creatively in the series. In a statement, Barr said he accepted the deal “to save 200 loved cast and crew jobs, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”
These days, Barr said to Vice, “I have a lot of time for real life, real life things. Like, I’m just going for a walk with my mom and I have an ice cream cone. Stuff like that. Waiting in I really slept a lot, like, probably 17 hours a day. “
“There is an underlying story for everyone who creates something. The pain of life and things you may have gone through to create that joke, or situation, or family, “Barr said, describing himself.
“Everyone knows that I struggled with mental health problems and was also struggling at the time,” he added.
She described herself when she tweeted: ‘I was upset, stupid, wrong and wrong. And for this I apologized. “
“I don’t let words hurt me, what others say,” Barr said in apparent reference to ABC / Disney executives. “This is the person who is saying it, not me. I’m not what they think I am, and I know it.”
“I know who I am and they are wrong.”