Roseanne Cries & Apologizes For Racist Tweet After Show Cancellation

Lawrence Kim
June 25, 2018

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has released an edited transcript and audio recording of the interview he conducted with former ABC star Roseanne Barr shortly after the cancellation of her series Roseanne. They said, 'What were you possibly thinking to say this egregious and unforgivable thing you said?' Now, first of all, I had already apologized and removed it by then cause it wasn't up very long. The tweet said the "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj".

The tweet resulted in ABC's cancelation of Barr's revived TV show Roseanne. I never would have wittingly called any black person a monkey. And I didn't do that. I didn't do that, although they think I did.

"What I thought I was doing was when ABC hired me. they said I have to get off Twitter", said Barr. I horribly regret it, are you kidding? "I lost everything." The comedian later added that she doesn't "agree with [Jarrett's] policies", and added that "I thought she was white". And I said to God, 'I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I've done wrong.' I'm going to accept what the consequences are, and I do, and I have. "And I do, and I have".

Boteach said after he conducted the interview that he "decided not to release it out of respect for Roseanne".

"I think people will be curious to see what they try to do with the exit of its lead".

Barr added, "And I've made myself a hate magnet, and as a Jew, it's just frightful. I guess that I didn't know she was black and I'll cop to it'".

He tweeted, "M$3 y podcast interview w/ my friend @therealroseanne Roseanne Barr will go live on @JPost Jerusalem Post".

As for her comments about Jarrett specifically, the actress claimed she thought she was white.

"She's not really built to be on top of that pyramid, in charge of a lot of people, responsible for them, because she has her own struggles".

"How do you, someone who looks at Martin Luther King as an idol and loves the Torah. how did you write something that people feel is in complete contravention of that values system?" he asked.

"I don't want to run off and blather on with excuses", she said, despite an earlier effort to blame her bigoted joke on Ambien.

"I just wouldn't do that", Barr insisted. "I did not know she was a black woman. I feel so bad they gave me another chance and I blew it". And as a Jew, it's just terrible. "Now they're just changing the words of what I said totally, it's so painful", she told Boteach.

On Thursday ABC announced it will air a 10-episode Conner family sitcom this fall without Barr in it. "I don't want to be defended". "I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please".

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