CBS’ “The Talk” returned with a live episode on Monday, and host Sara Gilbert elaborated on her statement about her other show, “Roseanne,” being canceled.
“In addition to my statement, I would like to say this has been a very difficult week,” she said. “A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. This show has always been about diversity, love and inclusion. And it’s sad to see it end in this way. I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process. However, I do stand behind the decision ABC made.”
Click here to see what Gilbert had to say before, when “The Talk” was in reruns.
“As a black woman who is a comedienne… I’m happy to see that it was done swiftly,” co-host Sheryl Underwood said.
“Canceling the show so quickly sent a strong message and the right message,” Julie Chen added.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement to TheWrap last Tuesday.
Dungey’s decision came after Barr tweeted “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj” in response to a Twitter thread about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama.
Disney CEO Bob Iger backed Dungey on the cancelation, and said “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
Barr apologized before ABC’s statement on Tuesday, saying that her statement was a “joke” that was “in bad taste.”
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” Barr said. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
In addition to “Roseanne” getting canceled because of her tweet, Viacom pulled reruns of the show from three of its channels, as did Hulu and Laff digital. Her talent agency ICM Partners also dropped her as a client.