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Here's Why ABC Pulled the Plug on 'Roseanne'

ABC's re-boot of the popular 90s sitcom Roseanne has been greeted by some of the highest ratings in years for a new series - surprising considering how cable ratings have been eroded significantly by Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon over recent years.

So, needless to say, the announcement earlier today that ABC was cancelling the show was surprising...unless you understand the backstory.

On Monday night, Roseanne Barr jumped in on a Twitter thread related to reports that the Obama administration, including one of his chief advisers Valerie Jarrett, covered up spying by the CIA.

Roseanne, who deleted her tweet after being accused of racist undertones, tweeted the below, with "vj" referring to Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American.

Twitter: @therealroseanne

Amid backlash, Roseanne deleted the tweet and posted the below, announcing shortly thereafter that she would be leaving Twitter.

The damage was already done, however, and ABC - a network owned by Disney - acted swiftly to cancel the show calling it "The right thing" to do.

All day, celebrities and other employees at ABC have been weighing in on the decision, including Grey's Anatomy show runner Krista Vernoff:

Grey's and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes:

And Emma Kenney, who plays Roseanne's granddaughter (Darlene's daughter) on the show: 

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