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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Trump weighs in on cancellation of 'Roseanne'

Trump is upset not to have received a similar phone call to that of Jarrett, the victim of Barr's tweet, apologising over 'horrible things' that have been said about him on ABC

Roseanne Barr is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who has previously used Twitter to voice hard-right and conspiracy theorist views AFP 
Roseanne Barr is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who has previously used Twitter to voice hard-right and conspiracy theorist views AFP 

US President Donald Trump has broken his silence on the cancellation of Roseanne.

In a tweet, Trump noted that Robert Iger, who is chief executive of ABC's parent Walt Disney Co., called Valerie Jarrett to say the network wouldn't tolerate Roseanne Barr's racist tweet about the former Obama adviser.

Trump wrote that Iger never called him to apologise for "the HORRIBLE statements" that have been said about him on ABC. Tweeted Trump: "Maybe I just didn't get the call."

The president revelled in the show's success this spring, especially after Barr's character came out as a supporter of his policies.

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Roseanne Barr shows no signs she will remain quiet about her firing from her popular ABC series and has highlighted supporters' tweets criticising the network.

Barr engaged in a series of tweets Tuesday night, hours after ABC announced it was cancelling the rebooted Roseanne over a racist tweet by the comedian attacking Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former President Barack Obama. In a since-deleted tweet she blamed a dose of Ambien for what she said. "It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting," the actress wrote on the platform.

The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi was quick to push back - in an acerbic post that quickly went viral.

"People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world," the drugmaker tweeted.

"While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."

Barr's post-firing tweets included an apology to those who lost their jobs because of her words, but her choice of retweets struck a defiant tone. They included one post that juxtaposed an image of Jarrett with an image of a Planet of the Apes actor — a comparison that led to her firing. She later tweeted that people should not defend her.

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