Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Roseanne Barr on racist tweet: ‘I wish I worded it better’

Roseanne Barr on racist tweet: ‘I wish I worded it better’

In June, ABC announced a Roseanne spin-off that will not feature Barr.

She said her tweet was a political statement rather than a racial one, adding: "I was so sad that people thought it was racist".

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, the actress issued another personal apology to former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett ― then, seconds later, mocked Jarrett's appearance. And I never meant that and for that I apologize. "I made a mistake and I paid the price for it", Barr told Hannity. When Hannity referenced whether she was compensated for that by the network, she said, "We can't talk about that".

With her sacking by ABC, the network also scrapped Roseanne's sitcom, a re-boot of the series that originally ran for nearly a decade from 1988. "Don't assume that you know what I meant because I think you don't know what I meant and I would like to make it clear to you what I did meant - mean", she said before delivering another insult.

She explained: "It cost me everything".

"Valerie, let's discuss this", Barr said. "I apologize. I never meant to hurt anybody".

Barr also addressed Jarrett directly and apologized for the tweets, advocating for a broader dialogue on race relations. "And I found cigarettes from when I was 13 and they were good smokin'", she quipped.

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The entire interview was a lot of rambling, with spots of Barr getting defensive, going off on tangents about Iran, and admitting that when she composed the tweet, she was on Ambien and drinking.

Roseanne Barr explained what led her to tweet a message many called racist, and led to her leaving the revival of her hit show "Roseanne."

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"How would you like it to be sitting in a room with 25 people who think Trump is the worst thing that's ever happened to the United States", she said of her time on ABC's Roseanne redux. She said she signed off on the deal to allow the 200 cast and crew to work.

She also said that there needs to be healing between the African-American and Jewish communities.

When asked by Hannity if this is the freedom of speech she wanted to use, Barr replied: "No, I wish I'd worded it better".

Despite its high ratings, ABC canceled Roseanne in May after Barr posted what the network's Entertainment President Channing Dungey called an "abhorrent" and "repugnant" tweet about Jarrett. The comedian also sat down for an interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, at a New York City comedy club and stressed that the tweet was political and not racist.

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