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Roseanne Barr Blames Sara Gilbert for Being Fired Over Racist Tweet

Roseanne Barr and Sara Gilbert

It’s been more than 18 months since Roseanne Barr was fired from her show for sending a racist tweet. Now Barr, who says she’s working on a comeback, has blamed Sara Gilbert, her Roseanne costar and executive producer of The Conners, for composing a tweet that ultimately got her fired, according to an interview in The Daily Mail.

Barr was fired from the reboot of her classic titular sitcom in May 2018 for calling Valerie Jarrett, a former top aide to President Barack Obama and a woman of color, an “ape” in a tweet. The rebuke against Barr was fast and furious as #CancelRoseanne trended on Twitter. 

At one point, consulting producer Wanda Sykes announced via Twitter, “I will not be returning to Roseanne.” The show was canceled and replaced by a spin-off, The Conners, without Barr.

Barr recently announced she’s returning to comedy with Andrew Dice Clay for the "Mr. and Mrs. America Tour," which begins this week. The button-pushing actress explained that she and Clay have been friends for years and that he convinced her to tour with him because “People are wanting to hear what you have to say.”

But she didn’t get through her Daily Mail interview without taking a swipe at Gilbert, her sitcom daughter for years who went on to become a power player in Hollywood as one the producers of CBS’s successful The Talk and as a producer on The Conners.

In the dust-up over Barr’s racist tweet — for which she offered up a half-hearted apology saying she had been on Ambien at the time she sent it — Gilbert responded on social media.

Gilbert tweeted that Barr’s comments were, "abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show."

"This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we've created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love — one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member,” Gilbert continued on social media.

“That’s the tweet that got the show canceled,” Barr said, adding that she is still bothered by Gilbert’s tweet and that they no longer speak.

“When somebody just doesn’t care how their actions affect you, what’s there to talk about?” she added.

About a week after Barr was fired, Gilbert spoke publicly on The Talk about all that had transpired.

“This has been a very difficult week. A lot of people have been hurt by this. I will say I’m proud of the show we made. The show has always been about diversity, love, and inclusion, and it’s sad to see it end in this way,” Gilbert said at the time. “I’m sad for the people who lost their jobs in the process; however, I do stand behind the decision that ABC made.” 

Barr said she no longer speaks to anyone from the show.

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