Roseanne Trashes Former Cast Members: ‘You Throw Me Under the Bus’

The former network star lashes out at colleagues after ABC cancels its “Roseanne” reboot

Last Updated: May 30, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

Less than 24 hours after saying she was leaving Twitter, Roseanne Barr was back on the platform, attacking cast members of her former show whom she accused of stabbing her in the back.

Barr’s most pointed charge came toward actor Michael Fishman, who played her son D.J. Conner in the ABC reboot.

“My character was designed to represent the inclusive nature of my views. To represent portions of society often marginalized. In this moment it is important to be clear,” said Fishman in part of a lengthy statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday after Barr came under fire for a racist tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. “We must stand-up against; bias, hatred, bigotry and ignorance to make society a better place for all.”

“I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it.” Barr snapped. “You throw me under the bus. nice!”

After retweeting pointed criticism by Sara Gilbert, who played Roseanne’s daughter Darlene Conner and served as a producer on the reboot, Barr turned around and said it was “unreal.”

Barr blew up her show and much of her career Tuesday morning after tweeting a joke calling Jarrett, who is African American the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes. The tweet was deleted a few hours later, but it was not enough to save her show, which was canceled after a cabal of ABC and Disney executives ruled that the matter was untenable.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” read a terse statement from ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey, which moved quickly Tuesday to expunge any history that Roseanne ever existed. Barr was also dropped by her talent agency, ICM Partners.

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Barr had been the biggest ratings jewel on the ABC lineup and the cancellation opens a major sinkhole in the network’s programming for next season.

Barr’s early-Wednesday tweets seem to walk back from the more contrite apology she delivered late Tuesday night in which the comedian said she had been tweeting too late while on Ambien and urged her fans not to defend her.

“guys I did something unforgiveable [sic] so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible,” she said. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please. ty”

She later deleted the apology.

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