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Roseanne cancelled following lead star’s racist tweets

The ratings smash has been cancelled in the midst of controversy created by its main star.

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ABC has u-turned on its decision to renew the Roseanne revival following racist tweets from the show’s star Roseanne Barr.

Barr took aim at former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett using racist and hateful language. Following a backlash from users Barr deleted the tweet and apologised.

ABC President Channing Dungey said in a statement, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

The channel’s parent company Disney released a statement from CEO Robert Iger asaying, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

Since Barr’s tweets, many of her former castmates have spoken out to disagree with her comments.

Sara Gilbert, who played Roseanne’s daughter Darlene, tweeted:

Following Barr’s outburst, Wanda Sykes stepped down as a consulting producer on Roseanne and young actress Emma Kenney, who played Harris Conner-Healy, asked her agents to get her out of the show before news arrived that it has been cancelled.

Roseanne’s revival had been a huge ratings hit for ABC and the show had been renewed for an 11th season.

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