While Barr is notorious for making controversial statements including those defending President Trump, her comment about Jarrett created a backlash that prompted ABC President Channing Dungey to speak out and call Barr's tweet "repugnant".
Trump did not directly comment on the controversy or on ABC's decision, instead saying ABC and Disney CEO Bob Iger have never apologized for what the president said were "HORRIBLE statements" made about him on the network. "I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it, please. ty [thank you]".
Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, apologized in a memo Wednesday to "the many men and women who poured their hearts and lives into the show and were just getting started on next season".
Despite the significant viewership ratings Barr was bringing in, ABC chose to terminate her show's revival in light of the ludicrous, racist statements she made yesterday on Twitter. That's partly why Barr attacked her. Barr frequently uses her Twitter account to deride Democrats. Streaming service Hulu and other cable networks have removed Roseanne reruns, and Barr was also dropped by her talent agency.
Zimmerman said that while public meltdowns are nothing new for Barr, who has been very open in the past about her mental health issues, the way this reboot was cancelled is what troubles him.
"I said look, someone has got to tell her that Donald Trump doesn't carry his own phone". That led the drug maker Sanofi to say on social media that "racism is not a known side effect" of their product.
"She was a yeller - she would yell at people especially to people she didn't recognize and that's scary when you're exhibiting this extreme diva behavior to people who didn't do anything", said the former exec, who worked with Barr for two years in the '90s. On the same night as her Jarrett tweet, she posted a false claim about Chelsea Clinton that Clinton refuted.
Barr was resoundingly condemned Tuesday, including from many who helped make her show successful. "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", she wrote.
Late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning Barr called that message "unforgiveable". Despite this week's cancellation of her show, Barr insisted on Twitter she's "not a racist".