In the wake of ABC's decision to cancel Roseanne following a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr, television networks and streaming services are rushing to drop classic reruns of the comedy from their lineups.
Viacom-owned TV Land, where Roseanne marathons were a weekend staple, Paramount Television and CMT, were joined by Hulu and digital giant Laff in pulling the shows from their catalogs. ABC parent company Disney owns a 30-percent stake in Hulu. Amazon, which holds the subscription VOD rights to the original nine seasons and the Season 10 revival, still offered Roseanne as of this morning.
It took just 12 hours between the time Barr posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama, and ABC announced the cancellation of the top-rated comedy. “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.
The beloved comedy returned to ABC in late March, nearly 21 years after its series finale, and was quickly renewed for an 11th season.
The backlash against Barr's late-night comment was swift, with the comedian receiving so much condemnation on Twitter that she deleted her original tweet, apologized for "a bad joke," and vowed to leave the social-media platform. By Tuesday morning, consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she wouldn't return to the show for Season 11, while producer and co-star Sara Gilbert called Barr's remarks "abhorrent." Within minutes of Gilbert's tweets, ABC announced its decision. Other stars of Roseanne have also condemned Barr's comments.
In case you were wondering, Barr didn't actually leave Twitter. She's been busy retweeting comments in support of her, while writing, "hey guys, don't defend me, it's sweet of you 2 try, but...losing my show is 0 compared 2 being labelled a racist over one tweet-that I regret even more."
(via The Hollywood Reporter)