Ambien manufacturer responds to Roseanne: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

Cristina Cross
May 30, 2018

In his first comments about the Roseanne Barr debacle, President Trump on Wednesday slammed the CEO of Disney, which owns ABC, for not also apologizing to him.

Barr's retweet spree began several hours after Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, issued a statement to USA TODAY denouncing Barr's original tweet, after the star's apology failed to halt a backlash that included the show's consulting producer, Wanda Sykes.

Streaming service Hulu and other cable networks have removed Roseanne reruns, and Barr was also dropped by her talent agency.

- What will ABC schedule Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall in place of "Roseanne?".

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Her daughter Laura is a justice reporter for news network CNN. Barr later wrote that "i blamed myself. not ambien". In another tweet, Barr called billionaire Democratic donor and Holocaust survivor George Soros "a Nazi" who "turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in concentration camps & stole their wealth". "She slammed Michael Fishman for throwing her 'under the bus" and blasted Sara Gilbert's diss as 'unreal'.

"Roseanne" earned an estimated $45 million in advertising revenue for ABC through its nine episodes that started airing in March, according to Kantar Media. That's partly why Barr attacked her. Barr frequently uses her Twitter account to deride Democrats. "It just shocked me a bit", she wrote.

The White House on Tuesday suggested that Trump would refrain from commenting on the cancellation of Roseanne's show, as he was purportedly busy preparing for the North Korea summit that may happen next month.

And she said she thinks the reason ABC pulled the plug was a threatened boycott by advertisers. The network then announced it was cancelling her top-rated sitcom.

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"I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed". The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable, ' said Kenney.

The guest also said that Barr's remark was in fact "disgusting" but refused to acknowledge that the tweet implied any racial context.

Another retweet, still up as of 7 a.m. ET, quoted Herman Cain on Fox saying "I believe they were looking for a reason to cancel #Roseanne and here's why".

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