In a tweet, Barr compared Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to an ape. The backlash was swift. Wanda Sykes announced she would not return to the series as a consulting producer. Sara Gilbert, star and executive producer on Roseanne, spoke out. Then the statement from Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, came.
"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," Dungey said in a statement issued just hours after Barr's initial tweets.