Roseanne Barr apologizes, breaks down in tears over racist tweet on podcast

Lawrence Kim
June 25, 2018

Roseanne Barr apologized again for the racially-charged tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, which led to the Roseanne revival's cancellation, in a new podcast interview.

The interview, which reportedly took place on May 31 but wasn't released until Sunday, finds Barr in conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a conservative radio personality and host of the short-lived TLC reality series Shalom in the Home.

The former Roseanne star then became distraught, explaining she has diversity within her own family and that she wouldn't have and didn't call any black person a monkey, in spite of her tweet having implied just that of Jarrett. "And if people think that I did that it just kills me", Barr continued. "Because you know, even though I didn't have that in my head it came out that way".

"I'm a lot of things".

Barr added tearfully, "I have black children in my family. And you know, I asked for forgiveness cause I do love all people, I really do".

'But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. "But they don't ever stop". And as a Jew, it's just frightful.

"And you know, I tried to get her phone number because even though I don't agree with her, even when we really disagree with someone because they're hurting us and our families - we still have to treat them with human dignity".

"Of course, no, I don't excuse it", she replied. "But I'm not stupid, for God's sake", she said. And I regretted it before I lost everything and I said to God, 'I'm willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I have done wrong.' I am willing to accept what the consequences are. I would never do that and I didn't do that. I horribly regret it, are you kidding? When ABC called me and said, 'What is the reason for your egregious racism?' I said, 'Oh my God, it is a form of racism. That's what happened last week, when ABC announced the re-re-boot, "The Connors". It is expected to air starting this fall.

TMZ broke the story, nearly immediately after Barr was sacked by ABC and the show was cancelled, there were discussions about bringing the show back without her.

'After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, ' the network said in its announcement, referring to the fictional IL town where the family lives.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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