Roseanne Barr Blames Ambien For Racist Tweet That Led To Cancelled Show

on April 30, 2018 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Roseanne Barr Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on April 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
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May 30, 2018 8:47 a.m.
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After losing her self-titled reboot show “Roseanne” and apologizing to Valerie Jarrett for what Roseanne Barr claimed was an unintentionally racist tweet, Barr blamed “Ambien tweeting” for the insolent remark.

In a since-deleted tweet, Barr asked her followers to stop defending her for comparing Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, to the “muslim brotherhood” and the “planet of the apes.”

“It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible,” Barr said in the deleted tweet. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”

Just hours after Barr apologized for the remark and vowed to leave Twitter, ABC cancelled her recently rebooted, highly rated show. The show, which focuses on “Roseanne,” a President Trump supporter and her family, who are not, has garnered the attention of the President himself, who bragged about her ratings in a speech in Ohio in March.

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