Last night, Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was Barack Obama’s senior advisor throughout his presidency.
The tweet, which has now been deleted, the 65-year-old comedian compared Jarrett to an ape, saying it was like the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby”.
Within a matter of hours, ABC announced they would be cancelling Barr’s rebooted TV show, Roseanne, refusing to stand by one of the network’s biggest stars and money spinners.
“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.
Closer to home, Network Ten – who was housing the show’s reboot on Australian soil – echoed ABC’s statement with their own.
“Network Ten is appalled and disgusted with Ms Barr’s racist tweet and has removed Roseanne from TEN and ELEVEN, effective immediately,” Ten said.
While public sentiment is firmly on the ABC wave of no tolerance, this is far from the first time Barr as generated controversy regarding her many and varied views.
The Parkland controversy
In March this year, Barr falsely accused a Parkland school shooting survivor of performing a Nazi salute at a March for Our Lives rally.
It... wasn't true.
The Donald Trump thing
Yes, well, Roseanne Barr very much likes Donald Trump.
She told PEOPLE she voted for Trump in 2016 to “shake things up.”
She was also very excited to be fending calls from the President after the reboot first aired.
“It was pretty exciting, I’ll tell you that much,” Barr told Good Morning America. “They said, ‘Hold please for the President of the United States of America’ and that was about the most exciting thing ever, and it was very sweet of him to congratulate us.”
But the real controversy, here, lies in her willingness to spout mistruths regarding Trump's presidency.
“President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world," she tweeted earlier this year. "Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now.”