Roseanne Barr on her Valerie Jarrett tweet: ‘I was so sad that people thought it was racist.’


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In a wide-ranging interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Roseanne Barr attempted to defend her tweet about Valerie Jarrett (“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”) that got her fired two months ago from her sitcom.

“I was so sad that people thought it was racist,” Barr said, in her first televised interview since the “Roseanne” revival was shut down after ABC deemed the tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

Barr repeatedly told Hannity that to her, the tweet was a political statement and had nothing to do with race.

“That is a tweet about asking for accountability from the previous administration about the Iran deal, which Valerie Jarrett is the author of, and that was what was in my head,” Barr said.

Barr also used her previous defense that she didn’t know Jarrett, adviser to former president Barack Obama, was African American: “I thought she was Middle Eastern,” she said.

During the conversation, Barr seemed frustrated whenever Hannity brought the topic back around to the tweet, and she reiterated how it cost her “everything.” She also occasionally got emotional, such as when she talked about her African American godson. Barr said her godson’s father called her after the tweet and said, “I love you no matter what you do.”

“I just have to say this,” Barr said. “If you really think at the height of my power and my fame I would go ‘black people look like — ‘ I mean, it’s just, I wouldn’t — I…

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