Viacom Pulls ‘Roseanne’ Reruns from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT

Production still from "Roseanne," the ABC sitcom starring Roseanne Barr which aired 1988-1997, then was briefly rebooted in 2018.
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Media giant Viacom will reportedly no longer air Roseanne reruns on the Paramount Network, CMT, and TV Land after star Roseanne Barr tweeted racially charged remarks about former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday.

Online television network Laff is also dropping the show from its program lineup.

“While we believe viewers have always distinguished the personal behavior of the actress Roseanne Barr from the television character Roseanne Conner, we are disgusted by Barr’s comments this week,” a spokesperson for Laff told The Wrap. “Therefore, we are removing the original ‘Roseanne’ series from the Laff schedule for the time being, effective immediately.”

Barr sparked a media firestorm after tweeting Jarrett looked like the product of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes having a child together.

Hours after the remark, ABC canceled Roseanne, saying in a statement, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

The comedian-actress has since apologized for the putdown and said she will step away from tweeting.

“I apologize. I am now leaving Twitter,” Barr told her fans.

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste,” she added.

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