Roseanne Barr hit send on a tweet on May 29 and hours later her revived TV show, one of the biggest television success stories of the year, was canceled.
In a tweet, Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to an ape. The backlash was swift. Wanda Sykes announced she would not return to the series as a consulting producer. Sara Gilbert, star and executive producer on Roseanne, spoke out. Then the statement from Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, came.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Dungey said in a statement issued just hours after Barr’s initial tweets.
Just like that, the Roseanne revival was no more.
However, Roseanne is far from the first show to get canceled because of controversy. Let’s take a walk down TV memory lane.
Several ABC stars and producers tweeted in support of Dungey following ABC’s cancellation of Roseanne. Check out the reactions here.