Barr Says Her 'Political' Tweet was in Response to Obama's Iran Deal

Tonya Becker
July 27, 2018

As a result, the actress said she was shocked when the tweet was not interpreted this way and that people called her racist.

Speaking in her first national television interview since the scandal, Barr told Fox News' Sean Hannity that she was "so sad that people thought" her tweets about Valerie Jarrett were "racist". "And for that I apologize", Roseanne said. "And they can't take that away from me, no matter what's happened". Barr sat down with Sean Hannity for an interview on FOX News Channel's Hannity on Thursday, where she revealed whether she thinks the show will survive without her.

Roseanne Barr talks with Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity while being interviewed during a taping of his show Thursday in NY.

However, Barr also told Hannity: "I am a creative genius, and this is not a good feeling for an artist to be treated this way, and it's not a good feeling for a citizen, either".

With her sacking by ABC, the network also scrapped Roseanne's sitcom, a re-boot of the series that originally ran for nearly a decade from 1988.


Simply put, Barr wasn't fired for what she said in the past, but for statements in the present and, perhaps as significantly, potentially in the future. "It cost me my life's work". "People say that about me all the time". I never meant that, and for that I apologize. Appearing on The View Wednesday, she said "this isn't what keeps me up at night", referencing more pressing nationwide crises than racial epithets hurled by an aging sitcom star.

She added that her contract with ABC protected her from any mistakes she were to possibly make. Barr's defense? She didn't know Jarrett - who was born in Iran to American parents - was an African-American woman.

"I'm sorry you feel harmed", she added.

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Roseanne apologised some more, explaining how she couldn't believe the tweet had been flagged up for racism. She continued to stand by her explanation that she "didn't know [Jarrett] was African-American", and that when it comes to the infamous tweet, Roseanne wishes she "worded it better, but I'm not gonna let them tell me what I meant".


"Could you do your job?" she asked Hannity.

She also repeated her claim that she was under the influence of alcohol and sedatives at the time she posted the tweet.

Barr has since offered several defenses for her choice of words - which compared Jarrett to Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood - including insisting she was misunderstood, under the influence of Ambien, and repeatedly contending that she didn't know Jarrett was black. I never meant that.

ABC has announced that it will produce a "Roseanne" spinoff called "The Conners" that features John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert.


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