Roseanne blames ambien...
Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter on Tuesday night trying to defend herself, hours after she said she would leave the platform in the wake of racist tweets aimed at Valerie Jarrett that led to ABC canceling her revived sitcom Roseanne.
Barr went on a tweet storm late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, retweeting dozens of supportive messages from her followers, including alt-right figures such as Jack Posobiec and Thomas Wictor who continued to peddle conspiracy theories questioning Jarrett's ethnicity and heritage. She also repeatedly thanked those who expressed their support. As with the Jarrett tweet, many of Barr's comments were replies to others' tweets.
The comedian tweeted two direct apologies at Jarrett as well as a plea to her fans: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet."
Barr added that she will address the controversy Friday on Joe Rogan's podcast.
As well as two further apologies to Jarrett, Barr released a statement on Twitter, which read: "I deeply regret my comments from late last night on Twitter. Above all, I want to apologize to Valerie Jarrett, as well as to ABC and the cast and crew of theRoseanne show. I am sorry for making a thoughtless joke that does not reflect my values - I love all people and am very sorry. Today my words caused hundreds of people to lose their jobs. I also sincerely apologize to the audience that has embraced my work for decades. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me."
In a follow-up tweet, Barr blamed her racist messages attacking Jarrett on "ambien tweeting." "[Guys] I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible. I made a mistake I wish I hadn't but...don't defend it please. ty," she tweeted.
She also insisted she wasn't racist and wasn't trying to make a racist comment with her Jarrett remark. "I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian-ignorant of me for sure, but...I did." She later indicated, in multiple replies, that she didn't know Jarrett is black. "I mistakenly thought she was white," she wrote.
When asked by someone if she was in fact leaving Twitter, as she'd claimed earlier in the day, Barr wrote, "no."
She also fired back at Michael Fishman and Sara Gilbert's statements. To Fishman, she wrote, "i created the platform for that inclusivity and you know http://it.ME . You throw me under the bus. nice!" With Gilbert, she initially wrote, "Wow! unreal." A few hours later, she added, "I understand her position and why she said what she said. i forgive her. It just shocked me a bit, but I indeed fucked up. ... She's distancing herself from me and my tweet-she has to."
And Barr argued that the cancellation was due to a threatened advertiser boycott and tied to Wanda Sykes' announcement that she was leaving the show. "I heard it was bc of a threatened boycott of the show's advertisers by ppl who do that sort of thing," she wrote in reply to a Twitter user who asked, "What pressure, exactly, did ABC receive that they immediately denied 18+million people the choice to watch or not?" She also claimed that Sykes' tweet, "made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show."
And she wrote, "I think I know what really happened. It has made me mad, but as I told u-i would leave when they started to try to censor me, so it all worked out." In another reply early Wednesday morning, Barr added, "I gave them the weapon to kill me-I was not equipped to take all the heat. I cracked & made a stupid insensitive joke-it's my fault."