The backlash against Barr's late-night comment was swift, with the comedian receiving so much condemnation on Twitter that she deleted her original tweet, apologized for "a bad joke", and vowed to leave the social-media platform. In response to tweets calling out Gilbert and Emma Kenney, who plays Barr's granddaughter, Barr wrote, "i feel bad for @POTUS-he goes thru this every single day". The post said she went too far, it was "egregious indefensible" and asked people "don't defend it please".
After Roseanne Barr attributed Ambien use to a racist tweet that sparked the cancellation of her sitcom, the makers of the sleep aid fired back that they were not responsible for her actions. "She slammed Michael Fishman for throwing her 'under the bus" and blasted Sara Gilbert's diss as 'unreal'. "You don't have to look in the faces of those you're attacking", she said. "I'm exhausted of being attacked & belittled more than other comedians who have said worse". At one point she said she believes she was sacked because of fears over a potential boycott of the show's advertisers.
Just hours after ABC canceled Barr's show "Roseanne" over what the TV network's entertainment division president Channing Dungey called an "abhorrent, repugnant" post by the actress and comedian, Jarrett said Tuesday during an MSNBC town hall on "Everyday Racism in America, "I'm fine". The Tweet in question was directed at Valerie Jarrett, who served as an aide to President Barrack Obama.
"I am repulsed that Valerie Jarret had that racist and bigoted "joke" made at her expense and I am sickened that any Black or Muslim person has to keep hearing this sickness in 2018", she wrote. "I apologize from the bottom of my heart and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me". Through her selection of retweets, Barr implied that she was sacked over her support for President Trump. "Hear me out: just because Roseanne is gone, doesn't mean the whole show has to go".
She later added, "I think Joe Rogan is right about Ambien".