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.
Amid backlash, Roseanne deleted the tweet and posted the below, announcing shortly thereafter that she would be leaving Twitter.
I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018
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.
From Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 29, 2018
There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.
All day, celebrities and other employees at ABC have been weighing in on the decision, including Grey's Anatomy show runner Krista Vernoff:
I have never been more proud to work for @ABCNetwork— Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) May 29, 2018
THANK YOU Channing Dungey for being my one little slice of hope for our country today.
Grey's and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes:
But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 29, 2018
And Emma Kenney, who plays Roseanne's granddaughter (Darlene's daughter) on the show:
As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I was told it was cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and anyone at ABC standing up for morals and abuse of power. Bullies will NEVER win.— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) May 29, 2018