Los Angeles, Calif. — The ABC network pulled the plug on its number one rated show, “Roseanne” in the wake of a series of tweets by Roseanne Barr, according to published reports.
Barr, a Republican and vocal Trump supporter, jokingly compared former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape via Twitter on Monday, sending Democrats and liberals into a social media meltdown.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby,” Barr wrote of Jarrett in response to a tweet which accused Jarrett of helping to hide alleged offenses from the Obama administration.
The comment was quickly met with backlash on Twitter, with responses calling Barr’s tweet offensive and racist.
“Muslims are NOT a race,” Barr pushed back, saying that her comment was not meant to be taken literally.
Later, in a separate tweet, Barr apologized to Jarrett and asked for forgiveness.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans,” Barr wrote. “I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste.”
Barr’s apology was clearly not enough for network executives, however, as the network announced in a statement Tuesday that they had decided not to renew the show for another season.
The tweets come nearly a week after the season finale of the newly rebooted series, which was the “highest rated and most watched series of the broadcast season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Barr’s co-star Sara Gilbert, who had orchestrated the revival of the top-rated show, issued a statement condemning the comedian’s tweet.
“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” Gilbert tweeted just before ABC announced the show’s cancellation.
ABC Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.