People: Roseanne Barr is ‘misunderstood’ and ‘in deep darkness & very remorseful’

Roseanne Barr promotes the new season of 'Roseanne' at The Wendy Williams Show

Roseanne Barr’s career has been destroyed, at long last. Well, let me say it this way: her Hollywood career is over. As many of you pointed out, she’ll likely get some kind of gig as a “conservative commentator” on Fox News or somewhere else. Not only did ABC cancel Roseanne (the reboot), but now no channel will air the reruns. And honestly, Roseanne Barr has no one to blame but herself. Everyone gave her a second chance and everyone did the most to whitewash her years-long history of saying and tweeting offensive, racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic bullsh-t. All she had to do to keep the gravy train rolling was NOT TWEET. That was literally it. That was the only thing ABC needed from her: don’t show your true self on social media, and everybody can make some money. But she couldn’t help herself. And now she feels so bad… for herself, mostly.

After a destructive twitter-spree that prompted ABC to pull the plug on her sitcom, Roseanne Barr is feeling the heat.

“She’s in deep darkness and is very remorseful,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Being a comedian, she writes stuff she thinks is funny, but it’s always misunderstood. She’s not intentionally hurtful. They all loved each other on the Roseanne set. It really was one big happy family.”

[From People]

F–king spare me this delusional bullsh-t. She is NOT remorseful in the least. I’ve looked at her friggin’ Twitter feed and I’ve read many of the deleted tweets from this week, both before and after she was sh-tcanned from ABC. She’s not remorseful. She’s a racist and a bigot who thought she could get away with saying and tweeting anything, and then when she got “caught” and there were suddenly consequences, it’s all “pity poor me, I didn’t even mean it!”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump finally mentioned the Roseanne issue, after smokey-lidded liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Trump was simply too busy to care about Roseanne’s plight. Turns out, Trump wasn’t too busy to care that Disney CEO Bob Iger personally called Valerie Jarrett to apologize for mainstreaming Roseanne Barr’s bigotry and hatred. Trump tweeted this:

Jesus, he’s such a whiny little bitch, isn’t he? No one will ever know the depths of petty aggrievement of the powerful, fascist white man. Or woman, since Roseanne Barr is pretty much the female version of Trump. *plays a tiny violin, one made for baby-sized Trump hands*

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  1. Alix says:

    If all of Roseanne’s jokes are “misunderstood”, she’s one piss-poor comedian. Can’t blame your audience, bitch.

    • MavenTheFirst says:

      This is so typical of abusers/bullies. “It was only a joke”. “Can’t you take a joke?” She uses her image as a “comic” to cover for it. Good riddance.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, that joke wasn’t “misunderstood”. everyone understood exactly what she was saying, but found it OFFENSIVE, not FUNNY.

      the only people who thought it was funny were islamophobes and/or racists.

      and MavenTheFirst, YOU ARE SO RIGHT. “it was just a joke!” is the mantra of the bully who gets called out for bullying.

      • jwoolman says:

        Good grief. I’m very pale and also had no idea who she was talking about, but even I instantly knew she was talking about someone who was black. Whites of her generation don’t insult other whites with the “ape” reference, they use that when talking about people who are black. Post-Obama, the Muslim reference was another clue.

        Roseanne was not misunderstood. She was very well understood. She knew exactly what she was doing and why. Her mistake was thinking she was invulnerable. She said something in public that flies well with the Trump crowd but nowhere else and apparently finally crossed a line with no backsies.

    • Jan90067(aka imqrious2) says:

      Cue Amy Winehouse “… go to Rehab” in 3…2….1

  2. lightpurple says:

    Very remorseful? That’s not how her Twitter feed comes off.

    • Esmom says:

      Exactly. She’s only “remorseful” that she got called out on her garbage.

      And Bigly’s tweet, holy hell. No mention of the racism Barr spewed, never any words of wisdom or calls for unity…nothing but whining and self pity. From our POTUS on a public platform. My loathing knows no bounds.

    • Milla says:

      Very hateful is the only way i can describe this woman.
      Don’t know much about her, but everything i heard so far, well she’s just awful. And on superficial note, how can she even say anything about other woman’s appearance?

  3. Mrs. WelenMelon says:

    Production of ” Roseanne” should continue with a Very Special Episode. It is the off-screen death from an opioid overdose. That way, there can’t be a reboot.

    Not ever.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      heard on the radio this AM that ABC is considering putting together a show like what a lot of folks were saying on her yesterday. that is, WITHOUT Rosanne but everyone else still on.

      get rid of her character somehow (l agree killing off her character would be a nice permanent end to the possibility of a reboot on another network) and call it “The Connors”.

      • Deering24 says:

        She will still get money from that. No. Absolutely not.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        how would she still get $ from that?

        if ABC owns the rights to the show, and Barr doesn’t appear on it or get any type of “producer” or “created by” credit, she wouldn’t?…

        I have no idea how that would work…you may know more about the biz than I do…

      • Jan90067 (aka Imqrious2) says:

        Apparently Goodman, Metcalf, and Gilbert (who WILL get paid for this season’s production, even though it’s not being shot), are “thinking “ of an aunt Jackie boot, but only after she finishes her (current) Broadway run.

      • Darla says:

        Honestly, they did enough damage to their reputations. they should just let it go.

      • Lady D says:

        I’m incredulous that they think this show should continue. How could they possibly think it’s a good idea?

      • whatWHAT? says:



        if they can make a buck off of it, they will. let’s face it, they only canned Barr when she ceased to be profitable.

        they knew what she was before they signed on. but when faced with an ABC and Disney boycott and losing advertisers? that’s when they bailed.

    • Deering24 says:

      Whatwhat, it’s very unlikely she would have given up all rights to the show. As well, any spinoff would have to acknowledge the origin show’s creator in the credits—and it’s unlikely she wouldn’t get paid for that.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Whatwhat, I believe she created the characters, so even if she isn’t on the show, she would still be entitled to something…but I’m not sure of the details.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yah, you both make good points. it all depends on what’s in her contract and what she retains the rights to.

    • Milla says:

      Nope. New show, please. It will always be connected to her. She will tweet about it and spread hate. She does not deserve any space in the media anymore.

  4. Maya says:

    Poor little racist – are we feeling sad that most of the world don’t support your vile views????

  5. Mia4s says:

    Sympathetic piece in People? Well I see her publicist hasn’t dropped her yet.

    Yes I shall from this day forward refer to the President of the USA as President WLB. Seconded…what a whiny little bitch.

    • minx says:

      People will do oozing sympathy pieces for anyone. They did it for the Duggars, that’s when I stopped reading it.

  6. Elkie says:

    So the guy who took out multiple full page ads demanding five young men be put to death for walking in Central Park whilst black/hispanic, and never apologised even after their innocence was proven by DNA evidence AND a signed confession, then spent five years pushing the racist Birther movement against President Obama, wants an apology from a TV exec for hurting his ever so delicate feelings??

    • boredblond says:

      And if this is what he proudly says publicly, can you imagine the klan-worthy ugliness he spews in private? His voters are fine with it, so please, no more ‘not all his voters are racists’..just being tolerant of it is it’s own class of bigotry.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and he never apologizes to ANYONE for ANYTHING!!!

      he can go scratch, that hypocritical WLB. (props to Mia4s above).

  7. Betsy says:

    Why is people pretending that she’s a sympathy worthy person?

    If she had always been a good person – not racist, not a bigot, not a pusher of th conspiracy theory that Trump is rescuing children from a Democratic sex ring – and she developed a brain tumor and just started tweeting this, yes, sympathy! (Although I would hope her handlers would keep her off Twitter until she returned to her sense)

    But right now? No. She’s a bad and stupid person. I do not need to have sympathy for bad and stupid people.

  8. Beth says:

    She finished forever and cost a lot of people to lose their jobs. Shot herself in the foot, and finally enough is enough.

    Trump is such a crybaby. Wah! Everybody’s so mean to me! 😢
    Does Donnie Dipshit forget that he fires and bullies people everyday on Twitter? He’s a monster that owes a shit load of apologies

    • Megan says:

      The deplorables are so outraged I worry Fox will try to reboot this mess.

      • KeWest says:

        Hopefully ABC owns the rights to the Roseanne show so no other networks can reboot it.

        But yeah I can see Roseanne Barr getting jobs with FOX news and the White House

    • Deering24 says:

      Beth, she shot herself in the foot twice. 🙂

  9. Melania says:

    This woman is an awful racist and these articles that try to justify her are as bad as she is.

  10. Veronica S. says:

    I’m sure she’s remorseful that her actions had consequences.

  11. littlemissnaughty says:

    No syndication, huh? That’s gotta hurt. I don’t care about her, she can stay in her darkness. I feel a little sympathy for the actors who, between the original show and the reboot, didn’t have great careers. I do judge Goodman. Harshly. He did not need this and HAD to know what he was tying himself to.

    What is it with all these shows from my childhood? If Tim Allen turns out to be a harrasser, I’ll have to burn DVDs.

    • Esmom says:

      I judge Laurie Metcalfe, too. She was on an NPR show not long ago and the host tried to press her about why she’d work with Roseanne again and she sidestepped very deftly. It seemed like a crazy move considering her career was hitting a nice resurgence even before the reboot.

      • littlemissnaughty says:


      • Marianne says:

        It depends on when she signed on though. It was likely before of all the buzz for Lady Bird. And the only other thing that I can think of that she was doing/on was a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory. So to a certain extent I can understand her wanting the exposure/money. And maybe she wanted to work with the other castmates again.

    • TurkeyLurkey says:

      I judge John Goodman also especially since he went on Colbert and said he didn’t care about the furor over Roseanne and her politics. I bet he cares now as he may have also received money from the original shows syndication. And Laurie Metcalf who was nominated for an Oscar and really did not need to step backwards and do that reboot.

      Sara Gilbert was long cancelled for me because of The Talk which she claimed was her special idea…it was Barbara Walters idea that you ripped off loser. That so annoyed me that she was being lauded for coming up with the idea for the Talk when anyone one with a brain can see it is the View with five different women, right down to a corny tagline at the end of the show.

      I always think if you really want to hurt someone, hit them in the wallet because for most people that hurts the most, even a millionaire nut farmer….

      • Darla says:

        I didn’t know that Goodman said that on Colbert. Interesting. Boy are you right – they care now! Metcalf totally went backwards and hurt her career, and they ALL lost those juicy residual checks. A real case of “congratulations you played yourself!”

      • Christin says:

        Hit ‘em in the wallet is right. Just because the nut farmer and a couple others are multi-millionaires doesn’t mean this kind of hit won’t hurt. They want every dollar and the attention, or else they’d have never signed on to the reboot in the first place.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      isn’t Tim Allen a 45 supporter? isn’t that why the deplorables got all upset when his show got canceled?

      I know he’s a republican but not off them support 45.

      sorry to ruin your childhood shows.

      • minx says:

        AFAIK his show is still on.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        no, Last Man Standing was canceled, I thought. IMDB has it as 2011-2017.

        if you mean Home Improvement, I think that’s still on in reruns, yes.

        but Allen has never engaged in such blatant racist behavior or comments, as far as I know.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        He might be, he’s at the very least a pretty conservative Republican.

      • Deering24 says:

        Beth, she shot herself in the foot twice. 🙂

      • Deering24 says:

        Allen was whining during LMS’s run that Hollywood discriminates horribly against honest little conservatives like him.

    • lucy2 says:

      I judge Goodman, Metcalf, and Gilbert. None of them needed this, and they all had leverage.

  12. A says:

    She’s not sorry for what she’s said. She’s just sorry that she got caught and has to face the consequences.

  13. Indiana Joanna says:

    WLB drump is prepping for the NK meeting by demonstrating how weak, thin skinned and incapable he is as a leader. Meanwhile Russia and China reps are in NK meeting with Kim. They know attention whore drump is just one flattery away from giving away everything to them.

    Roseanne still has her bizarro fans so I guess she’ll get some gig. She is a liar in expressing feelings of being misunderstood. She knew exactly what she was doing when she tweeted at 2 am her vile comment. And Donny Jr also retweeted it before deleting it. And lied about it.

  14. adastraperaspera says:

    So this is how she’s going to play it. Heading for a publicized rehab stint soon, I bet. It’s ridiculous that this new version was even funded and aired. As for Cheeto, he just shows once again that he just ran for president because he wanted another reality show. It’s all so gross.

  15. Nicole says:

    Please let’s spare the sympathetic articles. She was racist before and ABC and Disney played roulette in hopes the money would pay off (all while shelving an episode of Blackish about protests). They cancelled it because the bottom line was being affected. Nothing more. I feel sorry for the crew but the cast gets zero sympathy too.
    Also Jimmy Kimmel can MISS me withbthe “oh she has mental issues we should feel bad”. It’s an insult to those with actual mental illness and racism is not a disease.

    • Megan says:

      Tom Arnold was on CNN last night and said that she has mental health issues, but that is not an excuse for racism. He also talked about how painful this is for her kids.

      • Giddy says:

        I have no problem believing that she is half past crazy, but does she have to be such a bitch about it? (-;

  16. abby says:

    The only people I feel for are the crew (not the cast) who work long hour for regular pay and likely needed this gig to make ends meet. I feel for those people.
    And those who may have retired after the original show and likely needed those syndication checks for their retirement. It’s the little man who is getting hurt here more than anyone else.

    Other than that Barr can kiss my a$$.

  17. Lorelei says:

    Roseanne is a vile person and this reboot never should have happened in the first place. She deserves every bit of this backlash.

    What I don’t understand is why this comment of hers was considered worse than the photo she posted a few weeks ago, posed dressed as Hitler, taking a sheet of burnt people-shaped cookies out of an oven. THAT was okay with ABC?!!

    • jwoolman says:

      The Hitler cookies cover was for a Jewish satirical magazine. Roseanne is of Jewish origin (both parents, her grandparents were immigrants) but her family drifted over to the Mormons as well while she was a child/teenager (she was born in Salt Lake City). It was dark humor and not too funny to me but I’m not the target audience. I don’t know how their readers reacted. It was certainly not intended as anti-Semitic.

      • Carrie1 says:

        Wow. I didn’t know any of this. I haven’t heard of her in years so all this is kind of weird. She’s always been this way.

  18. Deering24 says:

    Why ABC wanted to reboot the nightmare of dealing with Roseanne never made sense. Did they think they could “control” her? Did they think _anything_ was worth getting a chunk of that sweet Trump audience? (And why Channing Dungey would sign off on this in the first place beats me.) Now they’ve probably lost their two biggest hitmakers over her (for I’m convinced Rhimes and Barris left in part because of ABC’s support for Roseanne and the prospect of more Trump TV.) And their cancellation still doesn’t wipe out their responsibility for starting to normalize racist crap.

    • jwoolman says:

      People responsible for the show (writers, producers) have said they were trying to point out the ridiculousness of Trumpy views by having Roseanne Conner voice them and the other characters oppose them. Since the Trumpies love the show, obviously that approach backfired. They forgot that by having the loudest and most dominant personality in the room, the bully matriarch, repeating such garbage, they were normalizing it and even promoting the views among the undecided. No other character on the show had the strength to stop the Roseanne bulldozer. Trumpies saw that the character reflecting them was the winner, because she really was. When lies are repeated often enough, many people start thinking the lies are true and “common knowledge”. That’s what Roseanne was doing, elevating such things to “common knowledge”. She knew it, but the writers apparently did not. Live and learn.

      They may have felt they were doing an Archie Bunker, but I think that show had a similar problem in a much less dangerous time. I remember not wanting to watch it during first-run because I felt it was actually promoting the views and language the writers thought they were opposing. But Carroll O’Conner was not Archie Bunker in real life and the character did have some strong opposition. ABC thought they could pull it off with a real racist Trumpy in the role, which of course also gave Roseanne Barr a much bigger microphone to promote her Trumpism in real life.

      There were other aspects of the new Roseanne Conner that were disturbing also, such as her promotion and implementation of child abuse and the new Darlene inexplicably accepting it and indicating agreement with Roseanne that her nonviolent child raising attempt was foolish. Old Darlene would have pulled Roseanne away from her daughter and at least threatened to call the cops if Roseanne laid another hand on her. Old Darlene would have known that humiliating an obnoxious teenager would never work, because she was once an obnoxious teenager herself.

      In the original, Roseanne tried to avoid physical violence with her children. because of her experience with a physically abusive father. New Roseanne thinks that is liberal special snowflakeism and seems to have entirely forgotten about her childhood as well as everything else experienced in the original show. Old Roseanne would not be fooled by Donald Trump and the 1%. New Roseanne is played by a Roseanne Barr who has been part of the 1% for too long.

      • Mina says:

        Hah, they might have said that but in reality they just knew it would be a hit that ABC needed desperately. I guess they thought Roseanne would behave this time, but honestly they had it coming. It’s like bringing Charlie Sheen to lead a show and expect nothing to go wrong with it. If you want to “oppose” Trump’s views you don’t bring Roseanne.

  19. Rapunzel says:

    He is still complaining about Bob Iger on Twitter this morning.

    Roseanne is not remorseful. She thinks it’s not her fault. She’s blaming Ambien and Michelle Obama.

  20. SJF says:

    All this proves is while ICM dropped her, some high-profile publicist is still cashing the check.

  21. Nicegirl says:

    Rofl!! A Barbie sized violin to match his teensy hands lol

  22. No Doubtful says:

    Oh please. She’s been playing the victim on Twitter ever since it happened. Her apology is fake and she is a racist. I’m so tired of the deplorables screaming “freedom of speech!” Yup, she has the right to say what she wants, but she also has to face the consequences of those words. If I told my boss to “f off” I have the freedom to say it, but I’m going to lose my job. Why don’t they understand that concept?

    • Jan90067(aka imqrious2) says:

      I really wish people would understand, Freedom of Speech does NOT mean you can say whatever you want, wherever you want to whomever you want. It ACTUALLY means: The right to speak WITHOUT CENSORSHIP OR RESTRAINT BY THE GOVERNMENT. You are not unaccountable for what you say!

      • Lady D says:

        Tell them they have the right to stand up in a dark movie theatre and scream fire too, but there will be consequences.

  23. Chef Grace says:

    Gaslighting is the way for this train wreck of a woman. She is trying to rally the Swampettes to war. LOL
    May they all sink back into their stinking swamp.

  24. Erbs says:

    Kudos for this.
    “smokey-lidded liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” that’s a great burn.

    I think the NFL is realizing that Trump is f*cking with them largely as retaliation for excluding him from their club. He never forgets who “wrongs” him and he’s using his position now to get back at the NFL. Especially delicious is you know all the NFL owners voted for him.

    Finally, Roseanne has experienced what I call the “Trump conundrum.” He gets away with shit no one else can get away with. One day, he’ll go too far, but we’re not there yet.

    I suspect the tipping point for Trump may be the pee tape….if it truly exists and gets released.

  25. me46 says:

    Has anybody else seen the petition on FB to cancel the View? One of my husband’s trump worshipping cousins posted it and it came up on my feed. 🙄🙄

  26. Mina says:

    She’s definitely not remorseful. Also, if this had come from a person who’s never got in similar controversies you might want to give her the benefit of the doubt, but this is pure Roseanne. She deserved what she got, I’m only sorry for all the other people that worked hard in that show and now are left without a job, especially the ones in the production team.

  27. ASHBY says:

    I only feel bad for the crew, but not the cast.

    How could the cast ignore Roseanne’s awful tweets?

    Didn’t she also tweet that Susan Rice looks like an ape or something along those lines a couple of years ago?

    Why would any decent person watch someone in anything that behaves so terrible?

    I’m truly disappointed in Metcalf, Goodman and Gilbert, does greed justify anything for them, Roseanne’s blatant racism and bigotry???????????

    Roseanne is only sorry for being caught and having to face consequences.

    I hope she disappears, like that racist guy that played Kramer on Seinfeld.

    All the people who watched this low brow, gross mouthed and bigoted racist are part of the problem.

    Roseanne is the precursor to that horrendous Sarah Palin and the Orange Nightmare currently destroying the very fiber of what America was and should be.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Most of us probably work with at least one deplorable, so I don’t usually expect actors or anyone else to turn down work over a colleague’s bigotry. But Roseanne is different because she was actually using that show to normalize her hatred, so in this case, I don’t feel bad for any of the already wealthy adult actors who knowingly chose to be a part of this project either. Only the crew gets a pinch of sympathy. Glad that Roseanne’s racism had consequences this time.

  28. Lilith says:

    Misunderstood my a*s

  29. Valerie says:

    Oh, boo hoo, ya got me cryin’ for you. She knew what she was doing.

  30. jferber says:

    Too bad Trump never had to face the consequences of all his racist remarks. Maybe he wouldn’t be president now. Or actually, I guess his consequence is being voted in because of all his racist remarks. Sick, sad and grossly unfair.

  31. sunshine gold says:

    There is no joke in there. You can’t use that defense.