Roseanne Barr Fights Back: ‘Michelle Obama Got Me Fired’

Roseanne Barr fights back after she was fired from her eponymous sitcom on ABC. Barr believes Michelle Obama is the reason she was fired.

Despite high ratings, the sitcom was cancelled in May 2018 after Barr put out a series of tweets about Valerie Jarrett that were determined to be racist. In one of the tweets she compared the former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to someone from “Planet of the Apes” and the Islamic Brotherhood.

At first Barr got in front of it and took responsibility. Since then she has blamed her use of the sleeping pill Ambien. Now she is putting the former first lady on blast as the reason for her getting axed by the sitcom reboot.

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Per Fox News:

“[Obama] said, ‘This tweet is unforgivable.’ That’s what I was told and I tend to believe it, because the woman who fired me is now working with the Obamas at Netflix,” Barr fumed to The Sunday Times (via The Sun). Barr appeared to be referring to Channing Dungey, the former ABC Entertainment president responsible for canceling “Roseanne.” Netflix hired her late last year to work on original programming, including content from the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions.

In late May 2018, Barr retweeted a fan who claimed that the Obamas were behind her firing, though she never said so herself until this week. She replied to the tweet at the time, “Is this true?”

The claim has never actually been substantiated.

The comedian also expressed outrage at ABC still using her characters in the “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners,” in which her character was killed off in an opioid overdose.

After her firing, Barr initially gave her blessing to use the characters, cast and crew of “Roseanne” for “The Conners,” but lashed out after her onscreen death was revealed.

In June 2018 Barr released a statement and in it she said that she accepted a settlement and had accepted her being removed to clear the path for “The Conners.”

Just this week her mind changed.

“They think because they killed me it’s OK to use me, use the memory of me,” she said while speaking to The Times. “Still mention me. It’s still my show, but they stole it. They are going to do it to other comics. I’m just the first.”

The inconsistencies of her account of the events are undeniable, but this is still something to look at. At the time it was happening, it did seem as if the network did get a push when it comes to getting rid of Roseanne. Time and time again we’ve seen Hollywood stars get chance after chance, but not this time.

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