Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for 'racist' tweet - see the pharmaceutical company's response

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said President Donald Trump did not intend to defend Roseanne Barr's racist comments in a tweet he sent earlier in the day attacking ABC. And I am going to tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen, if you saw how her tweets escalated this weekend. I made a mistake.

Barr originally said she did something "unforgivable", "egregious" and "indefensible", before suggesting the tweets were a result of taking sleeping pills.

Soon after that, Barr's talent agency dropped her from its client list and Viacom announced rerun episodes of "Roseanne" will no longer be shown on that family of networks.

John Goodman is holding back from saying too much about the cancelation of Roseanne, following a racist tweet from Roseanne Barr. Instead, she said, the president's remarks on the issue were simply created to point out "the hypocrisy in the media".

Barr, a prominent supporter of President Trump, retweeted an image questioning why some people thinkit's OK to ridicule him as an ape, but not Jarrett.


Her offensive remarks triggered intense backlash, including ABC's cancellation of her show which had been renewed for a second season.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have made a decision to cancel her show", ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement to TheWrap on Tuesday. "She's not going to go on TV and say these things, but you put that phone in her hand, and she is a loose cannon". There are additional political overtones to the dispute since Iger seriously considered a 2020 run against Trump. Since continuing the show without Barr in the title role still means financial benefits for her as its creator, putting the remaining cast in a new show is something that works for everyone.

"Don't feel sorry for me, guys!", Barr said in a tweet late on Tuesday.

Roseanne has attributed her tweets to ambien. The drugmaker, Sanofi, released a response saying "racism is not a known side effect of the drug". I BLAME MYSELF OK? it's just an explanation not an excuse, Ok, bully? EW said that "Iger apologized and said he would not tolerate those kinds of comments made by Barr, Jarrett said".


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