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Wanda Sykes Said She Wouldn't Return To "Roseanne" After Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet About An Obama Adviser

Update: ABC has canceled the Roseanne revival after Barr's recent tweet.

Last updated on May 29, 2018, at 5:57 p.m. ET

Posted on May 29, 2018, at 12:43 p.m. ET

Comedian Wanda Sykes said she wouldn't return to Roseanne following Roseanne Barr's tweet Tuesday morning comparing Valerie Jarrett, a black senior adviser to former president Barack Obama, to an ape. ABC announced Tuesday afternoon that the revival is now canceled.

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"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values and we have decided to cancel her show," Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement.

Early Tuesday morning, the actor who plays the titular character on the ABC revival tweeted "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj" in response to a Twitter thread about a conspiracy that Jarrett helped cover up CIA spying.


Barr initially defended her racist remark, despite fierce criticism to the racist remark from many on Twitter.

"It's a joke," she wrote in response to a CNN reporter.

"Muslims r NOT a race," she said to another user.

Barr has since tweeted an apology, saying she is "now leaving Twitter."


In a follow-up tweet, Barr specifically apologized to Jarrett "for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks."


Sykes, who served as a consulting producer on the revival, subsequently announced she was leaving the show.

I will not be returning to @RoseanneOnABC.

Sykes had been a prominent, behind-the-scenes figure on the show, doing significant publicity before the premiere.

Representatives for Sykes, Barr, and ABC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sara Gilbert, who plays Darlene on Roseanne, also tweeted about Barr's comments, saying, "I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.

Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.


ABC has canceled the Roseanne revival after Barr's recent tweet. A representative from Viacom also confirms to BuzzFeed News that they have pulled Roseanne reruns from CMT, Paramount Network, and TV Land.

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