Roseanne Barr, who first stated that she was leaving Twitter following the fall-out from her racist remarks, now appears to be glued to her timeline. Since the cancellation of her rebooted self-titled sitcom on ABC, the comedian has been tweeting non-stop.
In her latest barrage, Barr, 65, alleges that she begged for mercy following the cancellation of her show by ABC president Channing Dungey after the comedian compared former Barack Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, an African American, to an ape on Monday. Many of her Tweets have since been deleted, but People managed to catch them before they were taken down.
“I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends,” Barr tweeted, in reference to the Disney/ABC Television Group President. “I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right,” she continued. “I’d worked doing publicity4 them 4free for week, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs.”
Though most of the planet has sought to distance themselves from Barr’s blatant racism, she continued to make excuses for her online behavior. “He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: “what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.’ I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? Omg,” she tweeted.
Barr, who realized in the aftermath that her TV granddaughter was biracial, also said she regretted the impact her words may have had on Jayden Rey, the young actress, who played the daughter of her TV son DJ (Michael Fishman) and his African American wife Geena (Xosha Roquemore).
“I think I’ll b better tomorrow. The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American,” Barr tweeted. “It’s the most gawd awful painful thing. I can’t let myself cave in tho.”
Barr, who claims her tweet was the result of being under the influence of Ambien, continued to run the gamut from self-blame to playing the victim, tweeting, “I end by offering everyone involved one more apology and prayers for healing of our divided nation.”
Ex-husband Tom Arnold told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he wasn’t surprised by the show’s cancellation, saying, “It had to happen,” he told publication. “And I am going to tell you the truth, she wanted it to happen, if you saw how her tweets escalated this weekend.”
Barr, who bemoaned all the “wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet,” expressed her concern over two of her most prominent fellow cast members, TV husband John Goodman and TV sister Laurie Metcalf.
“I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me — Laurie and John,” Barr tweeted on Wednesday night. “I’m so sick over this — they will never have better character actors on their network.” The two actors have yet to comment directly on Barr’s racist tweet, though Goodman told ET that he would "rather say nothing than to cause more trouble."