Roseanne Barr Cries, ‘I’m Just So Sorry That I Was So Unclear and Stupid’


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Roseanne Barr spoke out about losing her ABC show in a phone interview posted Sunday with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, saying that she “made herself a hate magnet” with the racially charged tweet that led to her self-titled show’s cancellation.

“It’s really hard to say this but, I didn’t mean what they think I meant, and that’s what’s so painful,” Barr said of her May 29 tweet describing former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett as if “Muslim brotherhood & Planet of the apes had a baby.”

“I have to face that it hurt people,” Barr told the rabbi. “When you hurt people, even unwillingly, there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”

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Less than 24 hours after sending that tweet about Jarrett, ABC canceled Barr’s TV show “Roseanne,” which had been the network’s top rated show this past season. Shortly after, ICM Partners dropped Barr as their client, and reruns of “Roseanne” have been pulled from TV Land, CMT and Paramount Network.

“I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything,” Barr said. “And I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. … But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet.”

Barr was interviewed by Boteach two days after the show’s cancellation, but it wasn’t posted until Sunday on the rabbi’s Soundcloud account. You can listen to the full interview below. She can be heard sobbing throughout the interview, saying she had to confront what she said and how people responded to it.

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