Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Tom Arnold says he knew ‘Roseanne’ reboot ‘would not end well’

Tom Arnold says he knew ‘Roseanne’ reboot ‘would not end well’

The tweet came after a profuse series of apologies from Barr for the tweet early Monday which referred to the former adviser to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett as a "child" of the "Muslim Brotherhood" and "Planet of the Apes".

What ABC may miss out on most in Roseanne'sabsence though, are advertising dollars. In slideshow presentations pitching its streaming service to various potential investors, Bond even used the Roseanne reboot as a model for the type of programming that the company could support. She apologized to those who had lost their jobs because of her action, but also condemned cast members who threw her under the bus, in her words.

In his own lengthy statement, Fishman wrote, in part, that he was "devastated" for his fellow cast and crew mates who lost their jobs on the show that he said "strived for inclusiveness, with numbers storylines created to reflect inclusiveness". When the Twitter user pointed to her previous tweets-and the headlines they inspired-she wrote, "i blamed myself. stop lying".

ABC doing "the right thing" by canceling "Roseanne" raises the question of why NBC didn't do "the right thing by removing Trump from "The Apprentice" when he was pushing his racist 'birtherism" claims against President Obama? Barr later apologized and said she would stop posting on Twitter.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have made a decision to cancel her show", wrote Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment. That's partly why Barr attacked her. Barr frequently uses her Twitter account to deride Democrats.

Barr replied, saying, "Sorry to have tweeted incorrect info about you!I Please forgive me!"

Kelly Norman Ellis says she is teaching her students about the painful, historical context. She added that fans also should not boycott ABC for canceling Roseanne. The network had previously asked her to tone down her controversial statements on social media.

ABC and Disney had taken notable steps to be more inclusive in its entertainment, and Dungey is the first black to be entertainment president of a major broadcast network. "She blows up her own life and that of all those around her". And he said that to me out of the blue. But much of its progress would have been threatened if it looked the other way at Barr's tweet.

"Now when they hear somebody like Roseanne make this comparison, they know where it comes from and they know it's not a joke", Ellis explained.

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