Before we begin, let's get this out of the way: Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt" is not equatable with Roseanne Barr firing off a racist tweet. Sorry, dumbasses. With that out of the way, let's reluctantly dive into the latest development surrounding ABC's cancellation of the misguided Roseanne revival.
In since-deleted tweets Thursday, Barr claimed she "begged" the network not to can the show. "I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends," she said, as captured by CNN. "I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I'd worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs."
Barr added that she then told Sherwood she thought former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett was white. "He scoffed & said: what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable," she tweeted.
Wednesday, a network "insider" claimed that executives hadn't entirely forced the Roseanne brand out of play just yet. As you'll recall, the revival had previously been given a season 2 order of 13 episodes. Though Roseanne as we know is it over, ABC—who must pay the cast no matter what—has reportedly had talks about moving forward with a Barr-less spin-off focusing on the rest of the Conner crew. "I know that [producer Tom Werner] really regretted the fact that we had such a wonderful writing staff together—a real rare collection of talent—and I know he'd like to continue using it in some fashion if that were possible," executive producer Dave Caplan told the Hollywood Reporter.