Roseanne Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

Eloise Marshall
June 3, 2018

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have made a decision to cancel her show", ABC said.

Comedian Roseanne Barr has said that she begged ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood to not cancel her hit-sitcom "Roseanne" in the aftermath of her racist tweets against former President Barack Obama's aide Valerie Jarrett.

The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi was quick to push back - trolling Barr in an acerbic post that quickly went viral.

"Writing a coherent tweet is not what is usually seen" during abnormal sleep behavior, she said.

"Roseanne's recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show", she tweeted. "If you suddenly wake up and you're at a Klan rally, contact your doctor immediately - unless he's black, because then you'll probably just call him a monkey".

Other contracts could be canceled because Barr's tweet is deemed an "act of God" beyond the control of the network.

A since-deleted tweet blaming her outburst on a dose of the sleeping pill Ambien, prompted a swift retort from pharma giant Sanofi. They included one post that juxtaposed an image of Jarrett with an image of a "Planet of the Apes" actor - a comparison that led to her firing. "I'm anxious about the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defence".

After seeing her earlier tweets, Tom told Anderson that he was surprise ABC had not done anything prior. "I will be on Joe Rogan's podcast Friday (sic)", Roseanne tweeted.

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ABC is cancelling Roseanne, and it comes at a big price. She often interacts with Twitter users who traffic in conservative conspiracy theories and Islamophobic memes and has repeatedly promoted some of them herself.

The actor also said he hasn't been following the news of the developing controversy regarding Roseanne, stating, "I don't know anything about it". Hours later, however, Barr was back on social media, lashing out at colleagues sharing their views on her racially charged comment.

Responding to a fan on Twitter, she said she believed the show was axed because of a threatened boycott of the show's advertisers.

The Roseanne reboot was the top-performing show on network TV, and was set to air its 11th season this fall.

"Gee, he never called President Donald J. Trump to apologize for the terrible statements made and said about me on ABC".

What Roseanne Barr did is pretty unique in television history and ABC was completely right to fire her.

When asked how he was doing, Goodman said, "Everything's fine".

On Monday, Barr erroneously tweeted that presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton was married to Democratic donor George Soros' nephew; Clinton is actually married to Marc Mezvinsky, an American investment banker.

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