Roseanne Barr Says She Was Fired by ABC Because She Voted for Trump: ‘That Is Not Allowed in Hollywood’

Disgraced “Roseanne” star reiterates that she wasn’t aware of former Obama aide’s ethnicity when she tweeted the racist remark

Last Updated: July 20, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

After posting an erratic video defending the racist tweet that got her fired, Roseanne Barr now says the real reason she was dropped by ABC is that she voted for Donald Trump.

In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel on Friday, the former “Roseanne” star once again explained that she offered to publicly apologize for a tweet comparing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to “Planet of the Apes,” but ABC chose to distance itself from her and cancel the show instead.

“Why you ask? Well, the answer is simple,” Barr said. “It’s because I voted for Donald Trump, and that is not allowed in Hollywood.”

The video is a much more even-tempered take on the subject than Barr’s first attempt from early Friday. The first video, also uploaded to her YouTube channel, showed the disgraced comedian being clearly agitated as an unseen person attempts to get her to explain the situation.

“I thought the bitch was white!” Barr screamed in the clip, referencing Jarrett, who is a black woman. “Goddamnit! I thought the bitch was white!”

In her May tweet, Barr described Jarrett as if “Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the apes had a baby.” ABC was swift in its decision to cancel “Roseanne” in response, calling the remark “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

On Twitter, Barr initially attempted to blame her tweets on the sleep-aid drug Ambien, then later made the excuse that she wasn’t aware of Jarrett’s ethnicity.

For its part, ABC has since found a way to move forward with “Roseanne” without Barr’s involvement physically or financially. The network gave a 10-episode order to the spinoff “The Conners,” which will feature the same cast and crew that was set for the upcoming season of “Roseanne,” without Barr.

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