‘Witch-burning is what it is’: New Roseanne Barr doc looks back on being canceled by ABC

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Legendary comedian and actress Roseanne Barr is promoting a new documentary that explores the cause and effect of her fall from Hollywood reverence as a result of a single tweet.

The 69-year-old comic is the subject of “Roseanne: Kicked out of Hollywood,” in which she describes the cancellation of the revived “Roseanne” sitcom and her subsequent firing in 2018 as a “witch hunt” effectuated by ABC, whose executives apparently took issue with almost every one of her tweets during her last stint at the network.

“Any tweet that was not ‘I love Hillary Clinton,’ I got a call for,” Barr claimed in the exposé, according to Fox News.

Barr explained that her family had repeatedly begged her to stop tweeting, but she refused because she thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Everyone was begging me to give up my Twitter. Everyone,” the comedian said. “My kids were trying to lock me out, but I wouldn’t because it’s like I just couldn’t.”

“I’m a g—— American and I’m not going to do it,” she explained. “I’m a comic. I’m a bad girl. I’m too rock and roll. I’m going to say f— it and f— you until I take my last breath.”

In addition to the tweet that led to her demise, the documentary also touched on another tweet in which she appeared to further a conspiracy theory that a Parkland school shooting survivor had given a Nazi salute at a gun control rally.

She deleted the tweet after it raised concerns at the network.

“I removed it every time they called,” Barr said. “And they called frequently.”

The final straw for ABC was Barr’s tweet in May of 2018 which was directed at former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and read, ““muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” Seen by many to be a racist tweet, Barr was summarily dismissed and the “Roseanne” reboot was immediately canceled.

“I shoulda not did it, but by God, I was really p—– that day,” Barr said during the documentary. “And I did something I wouldn’t do if I hadn’t been on that Ambien. It makes you do a lot of crazy s—.”

She continued, “When they [ABC] called me up they were like, ‘What possible excuse have you got for why you did this? Why you did such an egregious, unforgivable thing?’ And I said, ‘I have no excuse. The only thing is, I thought she was white. And they said nothing back.”

“And then I said, ‘Let me go on “The View” tomorrow and explain it and apologize. I made a mistake,’” she added.

“Witch-burning is what it is,” Barr said of her termination. “Intellectual witch-burning. And arrogance and ignorance. All of the press of the United States, and the world and how they interpreted my tweet without any knowledge of the fact that I was sending it to a journalist in Iran about what was happening to the people in Iran. We were under such terrible censorship and it’s just terrible and frightening,” she added.

“There’s not a racist bone in this woman’s body,” Barr’s longtime boyfriend, Johnny Argent, said at the time.

“I was called a racist,” Barr says in the film. “It was politically expedient for them to s— on my name.”

ABC did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

A preview of the Reelz documentary set to air on April 24 can be viewed here.


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