Roseanne Barr has released a new video saying that she was fired by ABC due to her voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. ABC canceled Roseanne, which has been a massive ratings earner for the network, following a racist tweet posted by Barr, in which, she referred to former Barack Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett as a product of the "Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes." In this latest video, she blames her firing over having voted for Trump and not the tweet.
"I'd like to welcome you to my own studio where I am able to speak for myself to my fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media," Roseanne Barr says at the beginning of the video, which was released to her own YouTube channel. Barr previously released a video where she seemed crazed and she apologized for her tweet. Barr said in the previous video, "I thought the bitch was white! Goddamnit, I thought the bitch was white. F*ck!"
Roseanne Barr previously said she composed the tweet on Ambien, which was to blame. She also tried to write the statement off as a condemnation of anti-semitism. This latest video was posted late last week. In the more recent video, the 65-year-old seems to be more level-headed and says, "This was my statement from the very beginning and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth." Here's what she had to say.
"When ABC called and asked me to explain my 'egregious and unforgivable tweet,' I told them I thought Valerie Jarrett was white. And I also said I am willing to go on The View, Jimmy Kimmel, or whatever other show you want me to go on and explain that to my audience. Instead, what happened was, about 40 minutes after that, my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It's because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood."
Roseanne admitted she had voted for Donald Trump prior to reviving her sitcom. The actress is very outspoken about her political views on social media and is known for making controversial statements, long before the Valerie Jarrett tweet. ABC most certainly knew of her support of President Trump when they opted to renew the Roseanne revival for a second season in March, two months prior to the cancelation.
In the wake of Roseanne being scrapped, ABC hatched plans for a spin-off, bringing back the rest of the cast and crew titled The Conners, which will center on Sara Gilbert's Darlene. Barr will receive no financial compensation or credit on the upcoming series, which will take the place of Roseanne in the network's upcoming fall lineup. You can check out the video, courtesy of Roseanne Barr's YouTube channel, for yourself below.