Roseanne Barr: ‘They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion’

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“After facing cancellation due to controversial remarks, Roseanne Barr boldly declared, ‘They hate me because I have talent, because I have an opinion.’ Despite this setback, the comedian has staged a comeback with the unwavering support of her fans, asserting, ‘We’re going to be even more offensive than we’ve ever been before.’

Is Roseanne Barr a comedy genius? Her name undoubtedly springs to mind.”

Roseanne Barr was the central figure in “Roseanne,” the American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, which aired on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. The show garnered immense success, and the absence of the Conner family from the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, left viewers longing for more. Consequently, the story of the beloved working-class American family was revived from March 27, 2018, to May 22, 2018.

However, ABC’s decision to reverse the show’s renewal and cancel “Roseanne” came after Barr’s controversial comments about former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett. In a tweet, Barr compared Jarrett to characters from the “Planet of the Apes” movies. Facing widespread criticism, Barr later claimed ignorance of Jarrett’s race and attributed her remarks to being under the influence of Ambien, which clouded her judgment.

The network’s president denounced Barr’s series of racist and Islamophobic tweets as “abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values.” Consequently, on June 21, 2018, ABC announced plans to re-tool the show as a spin-off continuation titled “The Conners,” involving the Conner family without Roseanne. The show continues to air.

Nearly six years following the cancellation of “Roseanne,” the actress revealed to the Los Angeles Times, “I’ve survived. I’ve come out on the other side of it, finally. But it was a witch-burning. And it was terrifying. It was.”

She also acknowledged losing touch with numerous colleagues and co-workers. “I can’t know what they think or feel. I don’t know why they did what they did. I’m not like them. I realized that. I can’t believe what they did, with all the pain that I went through to bring the show back. And it didn’t faze them to murder my character, either,” she lamented.

Despite the challenges, Barr maintains she harbors no bitterness. This year, she makes a return to television with a new comedy special for Fox Nation. In a preview of the special, she engages the audience, asking, “Has anyone else here been fired recently?”

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